All Star week is here, and there have been some great sparks this season with the rise of Adolis Garcia, Joey Gallo continuing to open eyes with moon shots, and Kyle Gibson’s resurgence. But what about the past Rangers who made their mark in All Star history? Let’s take a look at what some have done to leave their mark in MLB history.
2006: Michael Young’s Go Ahead Triple
Michael Young always had a knack for the big stage, and in 2006, Young had the opportunity to help the American League take the lead. Young was the 2005 AL Silver Slugger winner, and in the top of the 9th inning, the American League couldn’t have had a better hitter up to bat. Young never had to flex to a big crowd, but when he sliced this ball into the gap for a triple, you couldn’t help but notice the fire in his celebration.
Michael Young’s Walk Off Sac Fly in 2008
Once again, Michael Young. In 2008, Michael Young played in the longest All Star game in MLB history in a 15 inning marathon that lasted 4 hours and 40 minutes. In the final at bat, the Ranger Hall of Famer hit a deep fly ball with bases loaded to drive in Justin Morneau to win the game. That same year, Michael Young won the AL Gold Glove at short stop as well, showing why he was an All Star selection for 6 straight years from 2004-2009.
Joey Gallo’s First Pitch, First All Star HR
In 2019, Gallo earned his first All Star selection after hitting 20 home runs before the All Star break. In his first at bat, he saw his first pitch and didn’t waste time showing the nation why he was named an all star.
Gallo is selected for his 2nd All Star appearance this season along with participating in this year’s home run derby. Let’s hope Gallo can make history once again.
Josh Hamilton’s Legendary 2008 Home Run Derby Performance
Every Ranger fan knows the story of Josh Hamilton. You can ask the year, the number of the home runs, and you’ll be having a full blown conversation with each other about this historic performance. Hamilton hit 28 home runs in the first round, setting a then Home Run Derby record for a single round. The most forgotten fact about this derby was that Hamilton didn’t even win this event. He lost to Minnesota Twin Justin Morneau in the final round. Hamilton’s record was broken by Vladimir Guerrero Jr in 2019, when the young phenom blasted 29 home runs in a single round, eventually falling to NL ROY Pete Alonso in the final round.
All Star week is always fun to watch the best players from across the league come together on one stage to play together. Joey Gallo, Adolis Garcia, and Kyle Gibson are all representing the Texas Rangers this year. Let’s hope for more history Rangers Nation!
July 13, 2021 at 6:58 am
No Hank Blalock?