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BOSTON (CBS) – Red Sox legend Carl Yastrzemski played his entire 23-year baseball career in Boston. Yastrzemski is an 18-time All-Star, the possessor of seven Gold Gloves, a member of the 3000 hit club, and the first American League player in that club to also accumulate over 400 home runs. 98.5 The Sports Hub’s Toucher & Rich got to sit down with the former Sox left fielder on the field at Fenway Park on Tuesday during “Yaz Day” for the Genesis Fund.
On the Current Red Sox:
I love the way the team is going. They had some injuries, but with the depth in the organization and the trades that they made with a couple of pitchers, they’re looking well.
On Dustin Pedroia:
When you see a player like that you don’t give him any advice. He kind of reminded me of Garciaparra , very aggressive hitter. He’s a kid that if you tried to tell him to be patient you’d hurt him. Garciaparra was the same where as Wade Boggs was just the opposite, he’d take strike and you’d be like why don’t you swing the bat?
On Helping Minor League Players:
You kind of watch… You really don’t say anything to them; you kind of watch and just tuck it away in the back of your mind. When they come and they ask you for help after a year or two years in the minors, that’s when you might suggest something but other than that you just have to let them do their thing.
On Getting 3000 Career Hits:
I think what it comes down to is you kind of want it over with. I know I did. The only reason it took me 12-13 at bats was I was going for a home run instead of trying for a base hit.