The victory trot has become a walk. The nerves of steel are tattered and work hard to hold back the tears. Carl Yastrzemski came back yesterday for his special day at Fenway Park and was as appealing as he had ever been in his illustrious career.
It was fitting that the ceremonies to retire No. 8 -- the number the Hall of Fame outfielder wore for the Red Sox for 23 years -- began in left field and ended at home plate. Yaz went out in his own special way. With gratitude and respect for those who went before him. With pride and humility, and just a hint of the emotion he’d kept inside all the years he toiled before the Fenway Faithful.