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June 12, 2009

Yaz — The Next Generation: Sox draft Andover grandson of Hall of Famer

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"That was the tough part of the day. I thought about him a lot," said Yastrzemski. "Most of the credit for who I am as a baseball player goes to him. He taught me everything."

Attending Vanderbilt, which has made the NCAAs four straight years, appears to be a no-brainer.

It's one of the top academic schools in the country, one of the top baseball schools (6 Commodores and four recruits were drafted!), and at 5-11, 175 pounds, Yastrzemski has a lot of growing to do.

Before his dad died he told his only son to promise him one thing.

"He wanted me to go to college and get an education," said Yastrzemski. "He knew I wanted to play baseball, but you never know. It's always nice to have the education to fall back on."

While everyone in the family is on the same page in terms of Michael heading to Vanderbilt, grandpa Yaz said he'd like to come over the house soon and discuss his options.

"Carl called and said, 'We'll sit down and digest this and see what happens,'" said Michael's mother, Ann-Marie. "Carl was thrilled it was the Red Sox. I know Carl would love Michael to end up some day with the Red Sox. They were so good to him ... It just would be special."

E-mail Bill Burt at bburt@eagletribune.com.

Vanderbilt's Field is just like Fenway

Even if Michael Yastrzemski doesn't sign with the Red Sox, he'll feel like he's at Fenway.

Vanderbilt's Hawkins Field and Fenway have two things in common: a 35-foot left-field wall and the fans sing Neil Diamond's Sweet Caroline in the middle of the 8th inning during games.

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