Carl Yastrzemski's grandson hit for the cycle on Saturday
Carl Yastrzemski's grandson hit for the cycle
On May 14, 1965, Red Sox great Carl Yastrzemski hit for the cycle against the Detroit Tigers (he went 5-for-6 with 2 HRs in the game, but it wasn't enough as the Tigers won in 10).
Forty-nine years, one month and three weeks later, Yastrzemski's grandson Mike accomplished the feat for the Frederick Keys of the Class A Carolina League. Maybe he was helped by channeling some of that great Yaz hitting by honoring his grandfather with a little token on his bat:
How Orioles minor-leaguer Mike Yastrzemski honors his famous grandfather every time he steps to the plate. pic.twitter.com/4NbdI9lwEF- Carl Yastrzemski (@carlyastrzemski) June 29, 2014
Mike Yastrzemski was 3-for-4 with a double entering the seventh inning of Frederick's 17-3 rout of the Lynchburg Hillcats. Yaz notched another hit, stopping at second for his second double, unaware that he was a triple shy of the cycle.
Funnier still is that that double should have completed the cycle for Yastrzemski. His first-inning "double" was actually a triple, but he was ruled out for missing second base.
When he came up in the ninth, he lined a ball off the top of the wall, this time fully concious that he needed to reach third safely. After the game, he spoke with MiLB.com reporter Mark Emery about his accomplishment: