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What had already been memorable series between the Boston Red Sox and San Francisco Giants got even better Wednesday night.
One night earlier, Giants outfielder Mike Yastrzemski hit a home run in his first game at Fenway Park — where his grandfather, Carl Yastrzemski, played for all 23 of his major league seasons.
The elder Yaz, 80, watched from the stands on Tuesday, but was front and center this night. Wearing his familiar No. 8 Red Sox jersey, the Hall of Famer took the mound for the first pitch ceremony … and his 29-year-old grandson was behind the plate to catch it.
It was an incredible moment for the Yastrzemski family, and one for the Red Sox memory books as well.
The standing ovation from the crowd at Fenway lingered as grandfather and grandson embraced and walked toward their respective dugouts.
In the Giants’ lineup on Tuesday in left field — Carl’s primary position for the Red Sox — Mike shifted to right field for Wednesday’s game.
He walked and scored in the first inning and hit a ninth-inning RBI single and scored on a forceout during the Giants’ 11-3 win.
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