Mike Yastrzemski

One of the most famous names in Red Sox history indirectly led Kevin Pillar to Boston

One of the most famous names in Red Sox history indirectly led Kevin Pillar to Boston

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- In a roundabout way, Kevin Pillar has a Red Sox legend to thank for his arrival in Boston.

If Carl Yastrzemski had never had any children, then his grandson, Mike, wouldn't have been in a position to push Pillar out of a job in San Francisco.

But Pillar isn't bitter. If anything, he's awed by the 29-year-old Andover, Mass., native's inspiring transformation from minor league lifer to major leaguer with a legitimate future.

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"It's an amazing story, a story of perseverance, a story of love of the game," Pillar said on Saturday. "A story of a guy just absolutely making the best of his opportunity. He's a better man than I am. I don't know if I could've survived as long as he survived in the minor leagues."

The younger Yaz is a St. John's Prep grad who joined the Orioles as a 14th-round pick in 2013 out of Vanderbilt. He spent six years in Baltimore's system before being traded to the Giants last March. Summoned to San Francisco on May 25 for his major-league debut at 28, he proceeded to smash 21 homers in 107 games, including an emotional shot to dead center in an August visit to Fenway Park.

It just so happened that Yastrzemski's emergence helped make Pillar, 31, expendable.

"He finally got his opportunity and ran with it and had an unbelievable year," Pillar said. "So much so, that in some small way, he pushed me out of my job there. They're going to allow him an opportunity to go out there and get a chance to play center field. I couldn't be happier for him, happier for his family. We all kind of witnessed what he was able to do coming back to Boston in the shadow of his grandfather.

"He's an outstanding baseball player who continued to rise to the occasion, not only getting called up as a 28-year-old rookie, but going back to the place where his grandfather is a legend and hitting a homer there. To perform the way he performed, I'm expecting him to build off of what he did last year and have an amazing season there."


 

Highlights of the Red Sox' 11-3 loss to the Giants

Highlights of the Red Sox' 11-3 loss to the Giants

FINAL SCORE:  Giants 11, Red Sox 3

IN BRIEF: Jeff Samardzija no-hit the Red Sox into the sixth inning and Boston was held to six hits, one of them Rafael Devers' 30th home run, in an 11-3 loss to the San Francisco Giants on Wednesday night at Fenway Park. It was the 2,000th managerial win for the Giants' Bruce Bochy. BOX SCORE

RED SOX RECORD: 79-72

HIGHLIGHTS

A YAZ-TO-YAZ FIRST PITCH:

1st inning:
Yastrzemski walks, moves to third on Belt's double to center, Pillar grounds out to short, scoring Yastrzemski (1-0, SF).

Vogt hits a two-run homer off Chacin off the right-field foul pole on a 0-and-2 pitch (3-0, SF).

3rd inning:
Pillar hits an infield single to third and steals second, Vogt walks, Crawford doubles to right, scoring Pillar (4-0, SF).

6th inning:
Devers homers off Samardzija to right on a 3-2 pitch (4-1, SF).

7th inning:
Holt singles to center (Abad replaces Samardzija on the mound), Bradley Jr. reaches on an infield hit to shortstop, moves to second on M.Hernández's single to center, León singles to left, scoring Bradley Jr. (4-2, SF).

8th inning:
Pillar hits an infield single to shortstop, moves to third on Dickerson's single to right, Rickard pinch-runs for Dickerson, Vogt hits a sacrifice fly to center fielder Bradley Jr., scoring Pillar (5-2, SF).

Rickard steals second (Brewer replaces Shawaryn on the mound), Adames hits an infield single to second, scoring Rickard (6-2, SF).

9th inning:
(Velázquez replaces Brewer on the mound) A. Garcia doubles to left, Yastrzemski singles to center, scoring A. Garcia (7-2, SF).

Vogt grounds into fielder's choice at second, Yastrzemski scores (8-2, SF).

(Weber replaces Velázquez on the mound) Crawford reaches on fielder's choice plus an error by shortstop Bogaerts, Belt scores (9-2, SF). 

Adames singles to left, loading the bases, Dubon singles to right, scoring Vogt and Crawford (11-2, SF).

Bradley Jr. homers to left off E. Franco on a 1-2 pitch (11-3, SF).

UP NEXT:
Vs. Giants, Thursday, 1:05 p.m., NESN
@Rays, Friday, 7:10 p.m., NESN
@Rays, Saturday, 6:10 p.m., NESN
@Rays, Sunday, 1:10 p.m., NESN

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Red Sox legend Carl Yastrzemski throws first pitch to grandson in awesome moment

Red Sox legend Carl Yastrzemski throws first pitch to grandson in awesome moment

This week has been very special for the Yastrzemski family.

Boston Red Sox legend Carl Yastrzemski's grandson, Mike, made his Fenway Park debut Tuesday night as a member of the San Francisco Giants. The younger Yastrzemski even hit a home run in the Giants' 7-6 loss in 15 innings.

Wednesday provided the family with another moment it will never forget. Carl threw out the first pitch with Mike doing the catching. The embrace between them after the pitch made for one of the most heartwarming scenes of the 2019 season. 

Check it out in the videos below:

Baseball is very much a sport that connects generations, and this moment is a great example. 

Mike Yastrzemski is in his rookie season for the Giants and has provided some much-needed power at the plate. The 29-year-old right fielder is batting .266 with 20 home runs and 52 RBI in 97 games.

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