One of the most famous names in Red Sox history indirectly led Kevin Pillar to Boston


FORT MYERS, Fla. — In a roundabout way, Kevin Pillar has a Red Sox legend to thank for his arrival in Boston.

If Carl Yastrzemski had never had any children, then his grandson, Mike, wouldn’t have been in a position to push Pillar out of a job in San Francisco.

But Pillar isn’t bitter. If anything, he’s awed by the 29-year-old Andover, Mass., native’s inspiring transformation from minor league lifer to major leaguer with a legitimate future.

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“It’s an amazing story, a story of perseverance, a story of love of the game,” Pillar said on Saturday. “A story of a guy just absolutely making the best of his opportunity. He’s a better man than I am. I don’t know if I could’ve survived as long as he survived in the minor leagues.”

The younger Yaz is a St. John’s Prep grad who joined the Orioles as a 14th-round pick in 2013 out of Vanderbilt. He spent six years in Baltimore’s system before being traded to the Giants last March. Summoned to San Francisco on May 25 for his major-league debut at 28, he proceeded to smash 21 homers in 107 games,…

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