30 years after retiring from baseball and leaving the hallowed confines of Fenway Park as a player for good, Red Sox legend Carl Yastrzemski has been immortalized for all fans to see. On Sunday morning, the organization held a ceremony to honor the Hall of Famer and unveil a bronze statue of his likeness outside Gate B.
“It’s a tremendous honor,’’ Yastrzemski said. “This statue means as much to me as being inducted into the Hall of Fame and having my number retired.’’
Yastrzemski, affectionately known by fans as "Yaz," enjoyed a career certainly deserving of a statue, having racked up a slew of accolades in the 23-year career he spent the entirety of in Boston, a rare feat and sports record itself (which he shares with the Orioles' Brooks Robinson). Add American League MVP, Triple Crown winner, 452 home runs, and the designation as the "top performer in pennant race history" to the mix and the decision to honor this Sox favorite is a no-brainer.
The statue joins the two of Ted Williams (you know, "The Greatest Hitter Who Ever Lived"? "Teddy Ballgame"?) already on display outside the park. It is a replication of Yastrzemski tipping his helmet to the crowd before his last-ever at-bat in 1983.
Yastrzemski, now 74, resides in Boston's North Shore area with his wife, Nan, and works with young players at the Red Sox training facility every spring.