All season long, Michael Young has been making fans forget about the ugly winter he went through with public squabbles with the Rangers front office and trade demands galore.
Just as we imagined, Young put all the bitterness aside when the season began and has been one of the best guys on the Rangers' roster since the season started off, and one of the few guys hitting up to expectations.
Young was awarded the American League Player of the Week honors on Monday for the week of June 20-26, it was the third time in his lengthy career to receive the award. He is currently in the midst of a 12-game hitting streak.
For the week, Young hit .481 with four home runs, three doubles, nine RBIs and scored five times in the Rangers' six games. He was second in average for the week behind Boston's Adrian Gonzalez and led the league in slugging percentage with 28 total bases for the week.
Young is the first Ranger to win the award since last season when former catcher Bengie Molina took home the honor on July 18 of last season after his improbable cycle in Fenway Park.