When Young made the NL All-Star team in 1996, the significance of who would likely be his middle-infield mate was not lost on him.
This would be the final All-Star Game for Ozzie Smith, who would retire at season's end. Young made sure to take full advantage of the moment.
"I'll never forget what he said," Young said. "'Everyone will look at you as an All-Star from now on. You have a responsibility to play like one.' After that, all I wanted to do was turn a double play with him."
They would get the chance in the ninth inning after Mark McGwire singled. Smith told Young, "Here we go!" and sure enough Sandy Alomar Jr. obliged, grounding one right to Smith, who flipped to Young for a 6-4-3 double play.
"At the end of the game, we gave each other a big hug," Young said. "It was great. In terms of individual moments for me, I hit the first homer at Mile High Stadium and I stole six bases in a game. But I also got to turn a double play with Ozzie Smith in his last All-Star Game and that was awesome."
Young is pregame/postgame analyst on Astros telecasts.