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Carl Yastrzemski to get a statue at Fenway

Sep 11, 2013, 11:34 AM EDT

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Some ballparks have a ton of statues. Others, not so many. Boston’s Fenway Park is in the not so many camp, with current statues of Ted Williams and a “Teammates” statue featuring Williams, Dom DiMaggio, Johnny Pesky and Bobby Doerr being the only ones.

But Fenway is about to get a third: Carl Yastrzemski’s statue will be unveiled on Sunday, Sept. 22 to commemorate the 30th anniversary of his retirement.

Yaz is definitely worthy. After Williams, Yaz — winner of the 1967 Triple Crown, MVP Award and leader of the “Impossible Dream” Red Sox — is probably the best and most significant Red Sox in the team’s history. Indeed, even as he started to be surpassed in terms of production — and pushed out of the outfield — by Jim Rice, Fred Lynn and Dwight Evans as the 1970s wore on, Yaz was undoubtedly the face of the team and the hero of Sox fans who came of age at any time between the early 60s and early 80s.

Yastrzemski hit 452 home runs, drove in 1,844 runs and batted .285 while playing 3,308 games for Boston. And now he’s getting the bronze treatment.

  1. raysfan1 - Sep 11, 2013 at 11:40 AM

    Very cool. I still remember ripping open a pack of cards as a kid and being excited that Yaz’ card was right on top staring at me. I still have it too. It’s gum-stained, so those who care about monetary value would turn their noses up at it. Not me. The memory is worth more.

  2. proudlycanadian - Sep 11, 2013 at 11:42 AM

    A well deserved honor. He was a great baseball player.

  3. jbriggs81 - Sep 11, 2013 at 11:45 AM

    Hopefully the statue will be Yastrzemski’s knees buckling pose as Dent’s home run sailed over the monster

    • bigharold - Sep 11, 2013 at 12:58 PM

      That’s just tacky. Funny as hell but tacky.

    • theskinsman - Sep 12, 2013 at 6:15 AM

      jbriggs, my sympathy on the yanks latest statue being put on the DL. They call it that instead of the instead of the stop embarrassing yourself list.

  4. rickdobrydney - Sep 11, 2013 at 12:04 PM

    Long overdue—great, inspiring, and in his later years , adaptable ballplayer. If he had ripped Gossage out of the park in that bottom of the 9th in 1978, he would have been governor or state senator from Massachusetts for a long time now—-

  5. Francisco (FC) - Sep 11, 2013 at 12:25 PM

    Some ballparks have a ton of statues.

    Until recently, Citizens Bank Park used to feature a Michael Young statue at 3B.

    • bruininnh1984 - Sep 11, 2013 at 12:55 PM

      that was hilarious

    • nbjays - Sep 11, 2013 at 1:19 PM

      Why not, the Yankees have a Derek Jeter statue at short.

    • stlouis1baseball - Sep 11, 2013 at 3:16 PM

      Golf clap FC. Well played fine Sir.

  6. coloradostupid - Sep 11, 2013 at 12:25 PM

    I remember exactly where I was when he took his last at-bat. He was an exciting player to watch – especially during the 1967 run.

  7. hushbrother - Sep 11, 2013 at 12:53 PM

    I hear the pose will be of Yaz, post-swing, looking up to the sky at the ball just before it descended into Nettles’ glove.

    Just kidding. Boston loves it some Yaz. He gave the franchise a much needed boost during its most doldrummy period.

    • Jack Marshall - Sep 11, 2013 at 1:18 PM

      Cheap shot. Yaz grew from a sulking, over-hyped phenom into a self-made superstar. He was the best left-fielder I have ever seen, and clutch fielder too–if there has ever been a better catch by anyone under pressure like his leaping grab in the ninth to save rookie Bill Rohr’s no-hitter in Yankee stadium (for one more batter), I haven’t seen it. Yaz’s exploits almost single-handedly led to teh sweep of the A’s in the ’75 play-offs. He won batting crowns and a Triple Crown, saved the AL from the indignity of not having a single .300 hitter in 1968, and in his farewell at Fenway, gave the classiest, most sincere and most memorable farewell since Ted’s last homer, emotional ripping off his Sox jersey as he ran into the dugout for the final time.

      He did a lot more than “give the franchise a boost.” He saved the franchise, and made baseball fields a classier place as long as he played.

      Jerk.

  8. irishdodger - Sep 11, 2013 at 1:29 PM

    Yaz was one of my favorites growing up. I remember his extra large ear hole in his batting helmet. He always look stoic…or pissed off. The BoSox had a helluva lineup in the late 70s with Yaz, Dewey Evans, Rice, Freddy Lynn, Rick Burleson & Carlton Fisk.

  9. chuckwarn - Sep 11, 2013 at 3:14 PM

    Yaz deserves a statue. So does Pumpsie Greene.

    • ras1tafari - Sep 11, 2013 at 3:57 PM

      Yup. Greene’s can go right on Yawkey Way with a nice plaque on why.

  10. anthonyverna - Sep 11, 2013 at 11:18 PM

    I hope it’s a fantastic statue. (Unlike the ones at Citizens Bank Park which are out of proportion and poorly constructed.)

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