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August 27, 2013

Fans go crazy for Mike Yastrzemski in return to Merrimack Valley as pro player

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He was named the Orioles’ minor league hitter of the month for July, and was named a New York-Penn League All-Star.

“He’s had an outstanding summer,” said IronBirds manager Matt Merullo. “He has a very good lefty swing, plays a very good center field and is just very steady. He may not be flashy, but I think he is the best all-around player on the team.”

But Yastrzemski had to wait until this late August series for the IronBirds to swing into Lowell to play in front of his Andover fan base, and the Red Sox fans thrilled to cheer on the grandson of Red Sox icon Carl Yastrzemski, whose number is retired down the right field line at LeLacheur.

“I hope they aren’t going to be too loud and embarrass me,” he said before the game in vain, as his fans took over two sections and were plenty boisterous. “I had the chance to get home and I am seeing family. It’s great.

“This is something very few people have the chance to do. Only a lucky few get to play professional baseball and I am happy and humbled to be here. I’ve been away for so long, I got used to being away from Massachusetts and the Red Sox. So it’s cool to be back.”

No one was more thrilled than his mother, who was a celebrity in her own right last night in the stands, receiving hugs and congratulations from family, friends and others from Andover and the area.

“Mike just never ceases to amaze me,” said Anne-Marie. “He just gets better and better. You wish you could be at every game, but you can’t. So to have him close, and see so many of his friends, is amazing.”

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