Andover Townsman, Andover, MA


August 29, 2013

Hometown hero

Orioles' Yastrzemski embraced by family, friends on trip to Lowell


But does it bother him that so many people pay attention to him because of his last name, which he shares with his grandfather — MLB Hall of Famer and Sox icon Carl Yastrzemski, whose No. 8 is retired at LeLacheur Park?

“Mike always says that the Yastrzemski name isn’t really extra pressure,” Anne-Marie Yastrzemski said, “because he’s never known another name. That’s Mike.”

Yastrzemski agreed that he does not sweat the attention, despite a large section of autograph seekers yelling his name before the game.

“The guys like to razz me about all the questions and attention I get because of my name,” Mike Yastrzemski said. “But I just brush it off. The hardest part about professional baseball is just finding that routine that works for you.”

He is, instead, embracing the important things, like his first professional home run.

“Now that was cool,” Yastrzemski said. “It was in the ninth inning against Hudson Valley. I was down 0 and 2 in the count and just wanted to make contact and ended up getting lucky.”

His mom is enjoying the ride, too.

“You wish you could be at every game, but you can’t,” she said. “So to have him close, and see so many of his friends, is amazing. He is just amazing. He just gets better and better.”

Orioles' Yastrzemski embraced by family, friends during trip to Lowell

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