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Great read: Yaz shuns the spotlight at 71

Here's one of the neatest stories I've seen so far this spring coming out of Florida or Arizona: Boston Globe columnist Dan Shaughnessy caught up with Red Sox great Carl Yastrzemski, who loves to work with kids at the club's drab minor-league camp in Fort Myers (I've been to the place and you'd be shocked. On a dead-end street a couple miles from the big-league park).

But Yaz doesn't like the big money, bright spotlight and packed crowds of fans at major league camp and he's a rare visitor to Fenway Park during the season. At age 71, he mostly just wants to fish and golf and not draw any attention to himself.

Writes Shaughnessy: "Carl Yastrzemski is our New England sports Salinger. Ava Gardner. Sandy Koufax. He just wants to be left alone. He knows you love him and you appreciate those glory days, but truthfully, it probably means more to you than it means to him."

Click the link above. Take a few minutes to read the story, whether you're a Red Sox fan or not. Fascinating stuff.

---MIke Harrington

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Mike Harrington

Mike Harrington

Mike Harrington, a Canisius College graduate who began his career as a News reporter in 1987, has covered the Buffalo Bisons since 1992 and Major League Baseball since 1995. A member of the Baseball Writers' Association of America, Harrington has reported on more than 30 MLB postseason series — including every game of the World Series in this century — and all three of the Bisons' championship runs in their modern era. He is a connoisseur of the famous Stadium Mustard at Cleveland's Progressive Field.

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Amy Moritz

Amy Moritz

Amy Moritz, a native of Lockport, has covered the Bisons for The Buffalo News since 2002. She has a bachelor’s degree in journalism/mass communication from St. Bonaventure University and a master’s degree in humanities from the University at Buffalo. An endurance athlete, she has completed several triathlons, half marathons and marathons.

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