Former Phillies third baseman Michael Young was inducted into the Texas Rangers Hall of Fame Saturday night in a pregame ceremony in-front of a packed crowd. He was the 20th player inducted into the team’s Hall of Fame, and joins names such as Nolan Ryan and Iván Rodríguez.
As customary with many celebrations such as this one, Young was given a lap around the ballpark in the back of a car to salute the fans.
As his truck passed by the Rangers dugout, a clown with black hair and beady eyes jumped out at him. With his three boys in the car, Young pounced up and cocked his fist back to fight off the witch.
".@Rangers legend @MikeyY626 does NOT like clowns. @ElvisandrusSS1 almost learned the hard way! #RangersHOFhttps://t.co/SzX9zEkz5Y— FOX Sports: MLB (@MLBONFOX) July 31, 2016"
Fortunately, he quickly realized it was former teammate Elvis Andrus behind a mask. Rangers players laughed as Young gave them a death stare down the first baseline and his kids stepped into the far-side of the truck bed.
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Young spent all-but one season of his major league career in Texas. He was traded to the Phillies prior to the 2013 season in exchange for a pair of prospects, and played the majority of the season at third base.
Philadelphia later traded Young to the Dodgers, where he played the final game of his 13-year major league career.
Young holds the Rangers franchise record for multiple categories, including games played (1,823), hits (2,230), runs (1085), doubles (415), triples (55) and at-bats (7,399).
“I blinked and 17 professional seasons kind of flew by and here I am,” said Young on Friday. “One thing that helps is that I still have the energy and the role in the organization. For me, that makes the time spent with this organization so much more productive. I’m lucky for that.”
Texas would win in the bottom of the ninth over the Kansas City Royals on a walk-off Mitch Moreland home run.