YAZ, Disappointment And Drama

By Jack Healey
I was looking forward to watching all the stuff at Fenway Park last night. You know all the Carl Yastrzemski, Mike Yastrzemski stuff.
Let me say that Mike Yastrzemski didn’t disappoint, he had a home-run and a double. How dramatic was that? It’s moments like that that make baseball the great game that it is. Kudos to Giants manager Bruce Bochy who had a sense of history by playing Mike in left field and batting him lead off
I was disappointed. I don’t know what I expected. I guess I thought I was going to see a combination of “Field of Dreams” and “It’s A Wonderful Life.”
I was disappointed when Mike didn’t get a prolonged standing ovation when he first came to the plate. I thought that the ovation would be so long that Mike would have to step out of the box and tip his cap and Sox starting pitcher Nathan Eovaldi would have to walk around the mound a couple of times waiting for the crowd to quiet down. It didn’t happen and I’m asking why not? Was everybody in the crowd born after 1967? That could be, but pick up a book about Red Sox baseball history once in awhile. I think Yaz Sr. is in there a few times. Yes there was an ovation, but it wasn’t what I expected.The crowd didn’t seem that excited. Hell I get more excited for lunch.
I was also disappointed with the reaction to Yaz’ home run. Yes there was a standing ovation, but I got the impression that the crowd was just being polite. I thought the Red Sox radio and TV and Giant broadcast crews way overrated the reaction.Yes folks I expected a prolonged ovation again and yes I expected a curtain call. I was disappointed!
Maybe I don’t get it, but I don’t think so. It was the crowd at Fenway last night who didn’t get it!