* Rename Yawkey Way Yaz Way

Red Sox Nation should rally around its founding father, Carl “Yaz” Yastrzemski, and convince Boston Red Sox ownership to rename Yawkey Way to Yaz Way.

By Erik J. Heels

First published 08/22/2017; ‘Rename Yawkey Way Yaz Way’ Facebook Page; publisher: GiantPeople.

Welcome to Rename Yawkey Way Yaz Way! Here’s the story:

Carl “Yaz” Yastrzemski is the last great American baseball player. The son of Polish parents who grew up working on the family potato farm, Yaz played all of his 23 seasons with the Boston Red Sox, is an 18-time All-Star, 7-time Gold Glove winner, and first-ballot Hall-of-Fame inductee (in 1989), with 94.6% of BBWAA members voting to enshrine him, more than any other Red Sox player in the Hall of Fame.

Yaz is the father of Red Sox Nation. Without Yaz, there is no 1967, no 1975, no 1986, no 2004, no 2007, no 2013.

Yaz has never sought the spotlight and would not advocate for his number being retired (which happened in 1989), a statue outside of Fenway Park (which happened in 2013), or a street named after him. Which is precisely why we should advocate for him.

We all have our Yaz stories. As for me, I am Erik John Heels, a patent attorney, trademark lawyer, and the founder of Clocktower Law LLC (Clocktower Law), a patent and trademark law firm in Great Boston (not a typo). I’m also a lifelong Red Sox fan, thanks to my dad, Tom Heels. The cover photo is of me and my dad standing on the future Yaz Way outside of Fenway Park on 08/12/09. This was the one time I took my dad to a game. He took me to many as a child.

Red Sox Nation should rally around its founding father and convince Red Sox ownership to rename Yawkey Way to Yaz Way. There are certainly other deserving Red Sox greats. But Yaz changed everything. Ted has a tunnel, David has a bridge, Yaz deserves a way! Thank you for your support!


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