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Pitcher makes it to Fenway Park, as a rapper

Last week’s Sports Illustrated touted Vanderbilt University phenom Tyler Beede as a stud college baseball pitcher and likely top-five MLB draft pick in 2014. The Auburn native and Lawrence Academy grad has another claim to fame, though. As hip-hop artist Young Beedah , Beede recently posted a YouTube track titled “Boston Strong” that was played during the first Red Sox home game after the Marathon bombings, when Sox catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia strode to the plate in the seventh inning. Written last summer, the song makes reference to Big Papi, Duck Boats, and “sipping on that dirty water,” among other hometown touches. Beede is also a cofounder of More Than Me, a nonprofit helping young professional athletes find ways to support their local communities. His Vandy teammates include outfielder Mike Yastrzemski , grandson of Sox Hall of famer Carl Yastrzemski .

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