ARLINGTON -- A television inside the Rangers' clubhouse showed Derek Jeter collect the 3,000th hit of his career for the New York Yankees.
Rangers infielder Michael Young played on the same team as Jeter in five All-Star Games, and both represented the United States in the World Baseball Classic, so he sent Jeter a text message of congratulations.
"I think there's a mutual respect," Young said. "We became friends over the years. When it comes to this type of thing right here, you just say, 'Congratulations.'"
Young said that knowing the competitor Jeter is, the Yankees' shortstop may not spend too much time celebrating the accomplishment and may already be focused on playing Sunday.
"I know he's going to be really focused on the next game, but, hopefully, he takes some time to realize what a special moment this is," Young said. "There are only 28 guys in the history of the game who accomplished this."
Jeter was voted to start for the American League All-Stars, but he pulled out because of concerns about his calf muscle, which forced him to the disabled list on June 15. Still, Young, who is headed to his seventh All-Star Game next week, would like to see his friend.
"I would really like to see him in Arizona, so I can say it to him in person," he said.