Triple Bypass Surgery for Yaz
Hall-of-Famer and Boston Red Sox legend, Carl Yastrzemski, recorded 59 triples during his 23-season playing career. On Tuesday, Yaz underwent successful triple bypass surgery at Boston's Massachusetts General Hospital.
Yastrzemski's family issued an official statement following the surgery:
"Carl Yastrzemski arrived at Massachusetts General Hospital on Monday after experiencing chest discomfort. After numerous tests and evaluations, it was determined that he needed triple bypass surgery which was performed this afternoon. The surgery was a complete success and he is resting comfortably. We are most grateful for all of the prayers and support we have received."
Despite growing up in the Chicago suburbs, my Mom always claimed Yastrzemski was her favorite baseball player. Besides being a excellent ballplayer, she enjoyed that Yaz's last name was just as difficult to spell as her maiden name.
At the White Sox game last night, my aunt asked how my Mom was holding up with the news of Yaz. My Mom emailed me at work first thing in the morning. The message was simple, "Yaz pulled through. Have a good day."
Carl Yastrzemski was the last Major League player to win the Triple Crown. In 1967, he led the American League with a .326 batting average, 44 home runs, and 121 RBI.