Major League Baseball rocked the east coast last night in Boston and Baltimore. History was made, as both Fenway Park and Camden Yards were the sites of games themed with the idea of family. First, San Francisco outfielder Mike Yastrzemski hit a home run during his first game at Fenway. Then, Toronto Blue Jays second baseman Cavan Biggio hit for the cycle.
After hearing this, one might think this is just another case of useless sports information. However, it’s important to understand that Biggio and Yastrzemski both hail from the bloodlines of Hall of Fame major league ballplayers.
Biggio follows in his father’s footsteps with his four-hit, two stolen-base game. Now, He and his father Craig Biggio become only the second father-son duo to have hit for the cycle in Major League Baseball history. Craig accomplished the feat back in 2002, at Coors Field against the Colorado Rockies. Cavan’s stolen-bases also put him in other historic company, as he is just the second player during the last 100 years to have multiple stolen bases in a game when hitting for the cycle, joining Charlie Moore in 1980. The Blue Jays were victorious against the Orioles, outscoring them 8-5.
Yastrzemski’s name coincides with baseball royalty in Boston. It proved to be a very emotional night for the 29-year-old Giants rookie, as he returned to the former on-field home of his grandfather, Red Sox legend Carl Yastrzemski. During the top of the fourth inning in front of friends and family, Mike hit a home run to dead-center for his first career home runs at Fenway Park. The same place his grandfather managed to smack 237 of his own throughout his major league playing days. Prior to his first at-bat in the third inning, Mike also received a standing ovation from the Boston faithful in appreciation of his grandfather’s play and family name. By the end of the 15 inning contest, the Giants wound up winning 7-6. The game saw the combined use of 24 different pitchers between both teams, which tied a major league record.
Both players are seeing success in their first professional seasons. Biggio, currently considered a big part of Toronto’s rebuilding process and lineup anchor of the future, is hitting .230 with 14 home runs and 42 runs batted in through 89 games played since being called up back in May.
Yastrzemski is also making an impact for the Giants early on in his major league career. The lefty is currently hitting holds a .266 average, to go along with 20 HR’s and 52 RBI’s.
It can be said that “family” is the most important thing in life, and these two budding-superstars provided fans and MLB with reminders and memories of their elders. They are gone but never forgotten, because Craig and Carl are a few of baseball’s immortals. Sports triumphs and milestones often are tied with personal family milestones when remembering back to the best days of people’s lives. Cavan and Mike managed to tie some memories together for a father, and a grandfather respectively. Surely, the timeless moments will live on forever in their hearts and minds, while also bringing their lives and careers full circle. Perhaps their family members may have even shed a tear, after cheering and smiling…
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