Mike Yastrzemski, 14th round draft choice of the Baltimore Orioles in the 2013 MLB Draft, is a third-generation ballplayer. His grandfather, Carl, is of course that famous No. 8 of the Boston Red Sox and member of the National Baseball Hall of Fame. Mike affectionately refers to his as “Papa Yaz.” Mike’s father, also named Mike, was a college star at Florida State and wound up playing a few seasons of minor league ball. However the father died at age 41, and young Mike developed a strong bond with Papa Yaz.
The attached article from ESPN.com portrays the relationship of young Mike Yastrzemski with his grandfather: