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Yastrzemski (Icons of Major League Baseball) Hardcover – June 3, 2007
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On the plus side, he almost singlehandedly lifted the Sox out of the mediocrity of the late Williams era and into the World Series in 1967. He was at his best in the clutch (7 hits in 8 at bats in the final deciding games that year). He was a 5 tool player, albeit in moderate amounts, a Hall of Famer, the last Triple Crown winner and the first in the AL with 3000 hits and 400 home runs.
On the other hand, he made the mistake of following the legendary Ted Williams in leftfield. He hit 40 home runs 3 times from 1967 to 1970 and, due to the effect of injuries, never approached those power levels again. Yaz made the last out in game 7 of the 75 World Series and the 78 playoff game against the Yankees, both of which were decided by one run. Most importantly, Yaz seemed to be a cranky guy, smoking cigarettes in the runway, uncomfortable in interviews and often fighting injuries. He did not have the majesty of Williams, the grace of Lynn or the charisma of the always smiling Luis Tiant.
This book is a perfect antidote to that image. In the first person, Yaz tells of his endless preparations growing up in Eastern Long Island as well as the passion, work and focus he brought to every game. In an amazingly frank revelation, he tells us: "I'll level with you; I never enjoyed it. I never had any fun.Read more ›
The collection of photographs in this book are the best I have seen in any baseball book, large, high-quality pictures spanning the period from the early days of baseball right up to Yaz's retirement. Many of the shots come from Sports Illustrated magazine.
As for the DVD, I can't give it any points for being well-organized. The clips are thrown together haphazardly with no narration to hold them together. Nonetheless there are some vintage moments captured, from Yaz's homers in the 1967 World Series to his emotional farewell at Fenway. It's hard to believe that farewell came 24 years ago.
Carl Yastrzemski reminds me of a time - an era when the game and sports in general wasn't so "corrupted" by money. Of course, baseball, and every other sport has ALWAYS been a business, but money was, in my opinion, always a secondary thing. Now it seems, an athlete sees his sport as nothing more than a stepping stone to a lucrative endorsement contract. And sponsors couldn't give a damn about the character of the player who's pitching their product. The athlete could be an axe-murdering child molester for all NIKE cares - as long as he sells lots of running shoes for the company.
I came of age in the 60's and glommed onto the Boston Red Sox (despite living in southern California) as my favorite team at a very young age. And Yaz quickly became my favorite player.
I guess what I admired about him was the fact that he may not have been as gifted as some other players of the era or been blessed with incredible athletic prowess, but he worked very, very hard at his craft and always gave 100% effort. A consumate professional.Read more ›
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A quick, easy read with lots of information and lots of pictures of the great Yaz. He writes in a very accessible way and it is a joy to learn the story of his life in a short,... Read morePublished 11 months ago by WSBramson
The book is in excellent shape and I did not expect a CD with it. A lot better than I expected for the price. Glad I bought it.Published on January 3, 2013 by Stephen P. Mayo
YAZ CERTAINLY DOES A NICE JOB WITH BOOK COVERING HIS CAREER. THERE ARE A TON OF GREAT PHOTOS AND A VERY NICE DETAILED ACCOUNT OF HIS LIFE IN BASEBALL. Read morePublished on February 10, 2012 by COOL JEWEL
Carl Yastrzemski is my all-time favorite baseball player. My son bought me this book for Christmas last year. It is the most complete book that I've read about Yaz. Read morePublished on December 14, 2008 by David W