Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Get Well Yaz

Boston Red Sox legend Carl Yastrzemski was admitted to Massachusetts General Hospital yesterday after complaining of chest pains. He then underwent a successful triple bypass procedure.

Yaz is in good hands at MGH. I should know. I was there several times last year including on Christmas when I had to undergo emergency surgery to remove my gall bladder.

The 68 year old spent his entire 23 year major league career with the Red Sox. His best season came in 1967 when he became the last major leaguer to win a Triple Crown (leading the league in batting average, homeruns and RBIs). It earned him the American League MVP. 1967 was the Impossible Dream season where the Sox went from also rans to American League Champions.

Yaz was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1988 and had his number retired at Fenway Park in 1989. Aside from Yaz, only Ted Williams, Joe Cronin, Bobby Doerr, Carlton Fisk (and, of course, Jackie Robinson) have had their numbers retired at Fenway.

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