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Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Red Sox To Unveil A Statue at Fenway Park for Carl Yastrzemski On September 22

I'm a sucker for a good statue (think Red Auerbach in Faneuil Hall) and I think one of the things that makes the New England sports teams so special is their collective rich history of championships, iconic players and classic games. That's why I was psyched to learn this morning that the Red Sox have decided to add a bronze statue of legendary Hall of Famer outfielder Carl Yastrzemski outside of Gate B. It will be unveiled before the September 22 game vs. Toronto and located next to the Ted Williams and "The Teammates" (Williams, Johnny Pesky, Dom DiMaggio and Bobby Doerr) statues that have already been there for years.

This is what makes us appreciate all the annoying aspects of Fenway Park, when the goofy Red Sox owners make a right decision like this once in a while. You can't replicate things like this in cookie cutter ballparks that populate MLB. If I owned the Bruins, Celtics, Patriots or Red Sox, I would be doing stuff like this all the time. You don't need statues of everybody but find a way to remember the top players/coaches/teams. Not to get all warm and fuzzy but this is what connects younger generations (like mine) to great players like Yaz that we never got to see with our own two eyes but have always heard about.

Yaz had a remarkable run, spending all 23 years of his brilliant career in Boston. He was an 18-time All-Star, seven-time Gold Glove winner and he captured the Triple Crown in 1967 when the "Impossible Dream" Red Sox reached the World Series.

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