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Crying ‘Michael Young YouTube kid’ gets to meet Michael Young

Feb 21, 2011, 5:16 PM EDT


He’s the kid who pulled at our heartstrings, or annoyed the hell out of us (choose one) not too long ago, when his mother told him that Michael Young would no longer be playing for the Rangers. And she lovingly caught his reaction on video. Oh how the tears flowed, and that was just my friends who are Rangers fans. You can imagine how a three-year-old reacted. Well, little Gavin Justice is back wearing his Rangers hat now, because Michael Young actually paid him a visit. Young saw Gavin’s famous YouTube video and contacted the family.

Young took Gavin on a shopping spree at the Rangers team store at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington.

“The kid was really cute and you got a laugh out of his reaction,” Young said. “As a father who videos my kids all the time, I was really able to relate to it. So, we thought it would be cool to meet him.”

Young and his wife met the family at the Rangers store, but Gavin was initially unimpressed. He had been told he’d be meeting Michael Young and Michael Young wears a baseball uniform. The man in front of him was in street clothes.

“First, we couldn’t just tell him we were going to the stadium, because he would have thought there was a game, so we explained to him that we were going to meet Michael Young,” [Gavin's mom] Kim said. “When Michael walked up in street clothes, he came right to Gavin and Gavin kind of looked at him like ‘Where’s Michael Young?’ He asked him ‘Are you Michael Young?’ And it took a minute for it to sink in.

So that’s you’re heartwarming story for the day. Feel the love from the Dallas Morning News comments section:

A Hero doesn’t whine and complain because he’s going to be “labeled a DH for his career” Nor does a hero demand trades twice; nor does a hero say yes he’s willing to do whatever it takes for this team and then once again demand a trade. MY Has shown his true colors. — jason3887, 2:24 PM on February 21, 2011

Michael Young meets distraught kid Gavin Justice from viral video [Dallas Morning News]
Video: teaching children about the heartbreak of fandom starts early in Texas [Off the Bench]

  1. lewp - Feb 21, 2011 at 11:00 PM

    I’m glad this story ended ok for all concerned. Proof once again that Major League Baseball is more than just a business.