The Boston Red Sox honored baseball hall of famer Carl Yastrzemski with a statue outside Fenway Park Sunday morning. Announced as “Carl Yastrzemski Day” throughout Beantown by Mayor Tom Menino, Sunday saw one of baseball’s most storied teams pay tribute to its greatest star, the man they call “Yaz.”
The statue — which depicts Yastrzemski tipping his cap as he did after his final at-bat before retirement on October 2, 1983 — is located outside of historic Fenway’s Gate B, next to one of fellow Red Sox legend Ted Williams.
“This statue means as much to me as being inducted into the Hall of Fame and having my number retired,” Yastrzemski said.
In addition to several hundreds of Red Sox faithful, Yastrzemski was joined by teammates Dwight Evans and Bill Lee, fellow hall of famers Jim Rice and Luis Tiant, and current Red Sox Manager John Farrell, and players Jonny Gomes, Dustin Pedroia, and Daniel Nava were also on-hand to pay tribute. Yaz noted that the current lineup reminded him of his ’67 longshot squad that captured the pennant.
“In a way there’s a lot of similarities, playing as a great, great unit,” Yastrzemski said of the current AL East Champions.
“Different guys doing something everyday. That’s what you need to win the division, which they did. The comparisons I make is it was a very tight unit. I’m just waiting for the playoffs. I can’t wait for the playoffs to start.”
Inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1989, Yastrzemski captured the Triple Crown in 1967, three AL batting titles, and seven Golden Glove awards while appearing in 18 all star games with the Red Sox. He still holds the records for RBIs, runs, hits, singles, doubles, total bases, and games played; he is second only to fellow Red Sox great, Ted Williams, for the record in home runs.