Another Yastrzemski at Fenway Park
For the first time in more than three decades, a “Yaz” patrolled the left field at Fenway Park on Tuesday.
MIke Yastrzemski of the Giants, grandson of the legend of the Red Sox Carl Yastrzemski, a member of the Pantheon, was there with San Francisco as visitors, in Boston.
The 29-year-old outfielder knew it would be special. His grandfather played in the left field in his very last game on October 2, 1983. He earned seven career Gold Gloves, moving close to the legendary Green Monster.
“I’ve been dreaming about it all my life [Fenway’s first game],” said Mike in the shelter more than four hours before the game. It’s always a dream to play here when you come from New England. ”
Before speaking to the media, the young “Yaz” and his grandfather were able to talk together while walking in the field.
“It was fabulous,” said Mike. We each took news. Normally, I do not have the opportunity to see him during the season, so it’s a bonus. ”
Giants manager Bruce Bochy has decided on Mike’s position in defense.
“He played a lot in the left field [forty games]. I wanted him there [Tuesday], said Bochy. It’s going to be a good time for a lot of people here. It will remind what his grandfather has accomplished. It will bring back beautiful memories. ”
Mike received a nice ovation as the first batter of the match.
Carl, 80, has spent his entire 23-year career with the Red Sox. He retired with 3419 hits, 452 homers and 1844 RBIs. He won the Triple Crown in 1967, being named the most valuable player of the American, that year.
Yastrzemski was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1989. The Sox dedicated a statue to him in 2013, near the entrance to the seats in the right field.
Mike grew up in the suburbs of Boston, but it was only in high school that he realized the impact that his grandfather had on his fans, this legendary status.
Mike played in the Orioles organization for six years before being traded to San Francisco in March. Before the match he hit for 265 in 96 games, with 19 home runs and 51 RBIs.
He knows he will have many memories of his first match at Fenway.
“There is nothing better than that,” he said. Everyone dreams of going home and playing in his hometown. It’s a special holiday for me. ”
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