Mike Yastrzemski isn’t wearing a Red Sox uniform, but has felt right at home at Fenway Park.
The grandson of the Boston legend strolled into town this week with the San Francisco Giants, and it was fair to wonder how the 29-year-old rookie would handle all the extra attention.
How about his 20th homer of the season?
Like grandfather, like grandson.
Carl Yastrzemski won the 1967 AL MVP and Triple Crown, and was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1989. Mike Yastrzemski grew up in Boston, so the homecoming has been a special opportunity.
“Being able to do that in front of friends and family was super special,” Yastrzemski said after the game Tuesday, where he started in left field like his grandfather did so often in his 23 seasons. “I’m just glad that they got to make it for it.”
The Red Sox faithful gave Mike Yastrzemski a standing ovation after that home run. They had another reason to cheer Wednesday night, for a special first pitch.
The 80-year-old Yastrzemski has savored this week.
“It will be the first time since 1983 that the name ‘Yastrzemski’ will be announced,” Carl told NESN. “It’s definitely going to be emotional. To see him come into Fenway Park where I played for 23 years, to have his name announced, that will be a great thrill for me.
“To play 700 games in the minor leagues, he always said he’d make it. I think that’s what I’m proud of the most, because of his sticking to it, not complaining. He’s a great kid, which is more important.”
A moment to remember.
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