Baseball officially starts today for the two-time defending American League champs. Well, actually, it's a diluted form of baseball. It's called the Cactus League.

"It's still important," said Michael Young, the senior member of the Rangers. "Our team against another major league team. Why isn't that important?"

I guess you could call that statement Young's ode to baseball, albeit exhibition games under the Arizona sun. But without knighting Young as everything that's good about baseball, let's just say it's an attitude that gives Michael one undisputed title when it comes to DFW teams.

It's an ongoing debate if the Cowboys even have one. The Mavericks found one a season ago (Tyson Chandler) then they told him to hit the road. But the Rangers? No doubt it's Young. He's a real team leader, on the field and in the clubhouse.

Entering his 12th season in Arlington, it's not a role Young publicly embraces or dwells on.