Carl Yastrzemski is unique in a couple of ways. The first, of course, will always be the uniqueness with a name that is impervious to spellchecking. The second, which is more likely to change, is that he is the last man to hit for baseball's Triple Crown.
Yaz did it back in 1967, and now Detroit Tigers third baseman Miguel Cabrera is in the hunt this year. When asked if he believed in Cabrera's ability to replicate his feat, Yastrzemski told reporters at Fenway Park that he thought it would have happened already.
"I thought somebody would win it a long time ago," Yaz said while on hand for Fenway Park's All-Fenway Team unveiling. "I'm surprised it's lasted so long."
Yastrzemski also doesn't expect the Red Sox' recent string of losing to last very long.
"The Red Sox will be back," the former center fielder proclaimed. "[General manager]
Ben Cherington did a great job in the minor league system, don't you
agree? He's a good baseball man."
Along with some nice things to say about Cherington, Yaz continued with some positive thoughts about the team's owners.
"I know that they want to win. They love being in that winner's circle
and I think they're dedicated," Yastrzemski said. "I don't know when it's going to be. I
don't know if it's going to be two years, three years, but we will be
Hopefully, it won't take as long as finding another Triple Crown winner has.