Nolan Ryan delivered another winning pitch yesterday. Ryan, seen here on card number 544 of the 1990 Upper Deck set, was apparently instrumental in helping Michael Young and the Rangers patch things up and avoid a trade.
In his capacity as Rangers' president Nolan met with Young and convinced him that Texas had meant no disrespect in asking him to switch to third. Young listened and mulled it over before contacting Ryan yesterday to say that he would make the move. Whew!
I am glad that Nollie was able to get this mess worked out. The prospect of losing Young was not a pleasant one for the team and I am not sure that a trade would have done him much good either. In fact, I think there would have been no winners from the deal had it occurred. The club would have lost a hard-working vet who cares about his teammates. Young would have lost his respect and admiration from the fans. The fans would have lost Mike and had to watch the Rangers stagger from the blow.
Ryan has reason to smile and so do Rangers fans. Thanks Mr. Ryan, for coming through in the clutch.