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Michael Young meets kid from viral video

Posted on: February 21, 2011 4:50 pm

Gavin and YoungRemember that sad three-year old kid who was horrified at the news the Rangers were supposedly going to trade Michael Young? (The video is below if you need to catch up on what happened.)

The video went viral, and why shouldn't it? It's an adorable kid who is absolutely crushed by the news his favorite player may be on the move. Brings back memories...

Anyways, Michael Young himself was one of those who saw the video, and he reached out to the child -- Gavin Justice -- and his mother, Kim. Gavin got to meet his idol last week prior to Young's reporting to spring training. The second baseman-turned shortstop-turned third baseman-turned DH took Gavin on a shopping spree at the Rangers Ballpark in Arlington as the Dallas News reports -- but only after Gavin was convinced that this man in front of him in street clothes was also the one to wear No. 10 for Texas.

"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," 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.

"I was really taken by Michael getting down on Gavin's level and talking to him on his level," she added. "A lot of people spend their whole lives hoping to meet their baseball hero and my kid got to meet him when he was three. That's pretty cool. The way Michael handled it and dealt with my kid also made me feel really good that this is my son's baseball hero."

Young for his part was all too happy to meet Gavin.

"The kid was really cute and you got a laugh out of his reaction," he 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."

Gavin became a fan of Young last season and attended several games. When she was telling Gavin about Young's seeming exit from Texas, she grabbed her phone to record it, expecting the video to be humorous.

"He's a melodramatic kid and when he dropped his hat on the floor and hung his head, everybody I talked to said it just tugged their heart strings."

-- Evan Brunell

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