- Associated Press - Sunday, March 2, 2014

FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) - The Hall of Famer in a Red Sox warmup jersey met the Orioles rookie wearing No. 85 behind the cage during batting practice.

They hugged, sharing an embrace and something else - one of the most recognizable names in baseball history.

A couple hours later, Carl Yastrzemski sat in the stands for another special moment Sunday. His grandson, Mike, played his first major league spring training game and scored a run for Baltimore in an 8-6 loss to Boston.

“It means a lot,” the elder Yastrzemski said. “Just proves that a lot of hard work will take you a long way. He’s worked hard all his life. He wanted to be a player and he put the time and effort into it.”

Carl Yastrzemski spent his whole career in Boston. The younger Yaz was the Orioles’ 14th-round draft pick last June from Vanderbilt. He hit .273 with three homers and 25 RBIs in 57 games in short-season Class A.

The 23-year-old entered as a pinch runner in the sixth inning, scored Baltimore’s first run and then played right field.

When he entered the game and was announced, the crowd quickly recognized the name and gave him a warm ovation. A left-handed hitter like his grandfather, Mike was hitless in his one at-bat.

Despite his pedigree, he said he gets no special treatment.

“The coaches all try and look at me the same as they look at any other player,” he said. “They don’t take name in the factor. If you can’t play, you’re not going to get the chance. If you’re performing, then you’re going to get up.”

“As I’ve grown up and gone through more baseball and the experience, I realized I don’t get treated any differently. Everyone looks at you as a baseball player rather than the name.”

The Red Sox picked him in the 36th round of the 2009 draft when he graduated from St. John’s Prep in Danvers, Mass., but he went to college. He stayed in school when the Mariners took in the 30th round in 2012, and he graduated last year.

The 74-year-old Yastrzemski thought it was for the best that his grandson didn’t sign with the Red Sox.

“Without a doubt,” he said. “I think if he had signed, there would have been a lot of pressure. He likes Baltimore and he’s with a great organization.”

The 1967 Triple Crown winner has been an annual visitor to Red Sox spring training, usually staying on the back fields to work with the minor leaguers.

After the death of his son - also named Mike - at the age of 43 in 2004, Carl began helping his grandson develop his game.

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