Giants rookie outfielder Mike Yastrzemski played his first game at Fenway Park on Tuesday, the opening game of a three-game series in Boston. If the last name didn’t give it away, Mike is indeed the grandson of Red Sox Hall of Famer Carl Yastrzemski.
Carl spent all 23 seasons between 1961-83 with the Red Sox. He was an 18-time All-Star, a seven-time Gold Glove Award winner, a three-time batting champion, and the 1967 Triple Crown winner. He retired with 646 doubles, 452 home runs, and 1,844 RBI, and he fell just shy of triple-digit WAR at 96.4, per Baseball Reference. That’s a hell of a career.
Mike was given a warm round of applause as he came to the plate to lead off Tuesday’s game. He struck out swinging, then walked in his second trip to the dish. In the fourth inning, with two outs and the bases empty, Yastrzemski belted a solo homer to straightaway center field at Fenway Park, pushing the Giants’ lead to 5-1. He still earned quite a few cheers from Red Sox fans.
Grandpa would be proud.
FORT WORTH, Texas — A former Angels employee has been charged with conspiracy to distribute fentanyl in connection with last year’s overdose death of Angels pitcher Tyler Skaggs, prosecutors in Texas announced Friday.
Eric Prescott Kay was arrested in Fort Worth, Texas, and made his first appearance Friday in federal court, according to Erin Nealy Cox, the U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Texas. Kay was communications director for the Angels.
Skaggs was found dead in his hotel room in the Dallas area July 1, 2019, before the start of what was supposed to be a four-game series against the Texas Rangers. The first game was postponed before the teams played the final three games.
Skaggs died after choking on his vomit with a toxic mix of alcohol and the powerful painkillers fentanyl and oxycodone in his system, a coroner’s report said. Prosecutors accused Kay of providing the fentanyl to Skaggs and others, who were not named.
“Tyler Skaggs’s overdose – coming, as it did, in the midst of an ascendant baseball career – should be a wake-up call: No one is immune from this deadly drug, whether sold as a powder or hidden inside an innocuous-looking tablet,” Nealy Cox said.
If convicted, Kay faces up to 20 years in prison. Federal court records do not list an attorney representing him, and an attorney who previously spoke on his behalf did not immediately return a message seeking comment.