Yaz says David Ortiz is better than Yaz.
Ortiz hit a bunch of homers in Toronto last week. Big Papi’s first two clouts gave him 453 homers, pushing him ahead of Carl Yastrzemski for 35th place on the all-time list. The random stat spawned considerable debate about Ortiz’s place on the medal platform of Red Sox greats.
Unless you’re a nitwit, Ted Williams is always No. 1 with the Red Sox. Those of us who grew up in the dark days of the 1960s Red Sox generally agree that Yaz wins the silver medal in Sox lore. He patrolled Fenway for 23 seasons, single-handedly won the greatest pennant race of all time in 1967 when he also won the Triple Crown, and received 95 percent of the vote when he became eligible for Cooperstown in 1989. Yaz won seven Gold Gloves. He was clutch in his three postseason series (.369, 1.047 OPS). Yaz wasn’t just the greatest thing since sliced bread. He had his own (Big Yaz) bread.
That’s why it was stunning to hear some folks last week say that Ortiz is a bigger deal than Yaz.
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