Michael Young: Rangers were better than Cardinals in 2011

Michael Young's farewell press conference was Friday in Arlington.
Michael Young's farewell press conference was Friday in Arlington. (USATSI)

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Seven-time All-Star Michael Young officially announced his retirement Friday afternoon at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington. It was a pretty standard press conference celebrating the career of a very well respected and liked player.

A certain quote did stand out, though. In discussing the heartbreaking 2011 World Series loss to the Cardinals, Young said, "I'm over it but I'm not." (dallasnews.com)

OK, no, that wasn't what stood out. This was:

He has every right to believe that and I have little doubt pretty much everyone affiliated with the Rangers that season agrees. They were a much better team in the regular season and came within a strike of winning the World Series in six games, after all.

And if Nelson Cruz plays the warning track/wall/ball like a big-league right fielder in the ninth inning of Game 6, the Rangers would have rings to show for it.

But he didn't. And they don't.

Thus, a quote like Young's is sure to bring about "scoreboard!" cries from St. Louis.

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Matt Snyder has been a baseball writer with CBS Sports since 2011. A member of the BBWAA, he's now covered ever World Series since 2010. The former Indiana University baseball player now lives on the north... Full Bio

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