Celebrating Boston Red Sox baseball great Carl Yastrzemski.

Tuesday, February 27, 2007

The Meaning of Yaz

There is a cool thread on Yaz at the The Sons of Sam Horn website.

Carl Yastrzemski’s immediate predecessor, Ted Williams, lived some kind of charmed life where he could accomplish whatever he wanted to through the sheer force of being Ted. He was a 6’ 3” live wire, a bulldog Picasso or Hemingway with a bat. Yaz? He was you or me, some guy who wouldn’t get two glances on the street, but was somehow able to push himself to the very limits of what he could do and live out there in that ether for 23 years. If Ted Williams was Superman, some freakish alien life form given powers by the yellow sun, then Carl Yastrzemski was Batman, a human residing on the edge of his own capabilities because that is what he was driven to do. Williams left us by hitting a home run in his last at-bat, still lifting that car as effortlessly as he did on the cover of Action Comics #1. Yaz, on the other hand, bore the visible scars of battle, ones dealt not only by foes on the diamond but by time itself. And because of this we identified with him all the more.

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  • At 10:39 PM, Blogger Jim said…

    I went to Yaz's Hall of Fame induction back in 89. Yaz was everything to me when I grew up and I had to be there for him. I remember lining up to catch a glimpse of all the Hall of Famers as they walked from the car (that transported them) to the Hall. When Yaz showed up - it was a great feeling but I remember thinking he looked so ordinary, BUT when Ted Williams showed up - it was like I was looking at a God. I never felt such a tremendous reaction from another human being prior or since. As much as Yaz meant to me - being my number one idol - I found myself reacting more to seeing the Greatest Hitter that ever lived.


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