Boston Red Sox Hall of Famer Carl Yastrzemski was honored with a statue outside Fenway Park on Sunday.
"It means tremendous importance to me," the 74-year-old said during the 30 minute ceremony. "This is as important to me as being elected to the Hall of Fame and having my number retired. It's a tremendous honor."
Former teammates Dwight Evans, Jim Rice, Bill Lee and Luis Tiant, and current Red Sox Dustin Pedroia, Jonny Gomes, Daniel Nava and manager John Farrell helped honor Yastrzemski, who won the Triple Crown in 1967.
This year's Red Sox, who clinched the American League East championship Friday, won just 69 games last year. They have been compared to the '67 team.
"In a way there's a lot of similarities, playing as a great, great unit," Yastrzemski said. "Different guys doing something every day. That's what you need to win the division, which they did. The comparisons I make is it was a very tight unit. I'm just waiting for the playoffs. I can't wait for the playoffs to start."
Several hundred fans attended the ceremony.
Yastrzemski's statue is in between Hall of Famer Ted Williams' and one called "teammates" with Williams, Dom DiMaggio, Johnny Pesky and Bobby Doerr. The statue is an image of Yaz tipping his cap before his final at-bat in 1983.
"The greatest Red Sox player is Carl Yastrzemski," Evans said.
Rice, also a Hall of Famer, replaced Yastrzemski in left field.
"He said, 'Jimmy, I'm going to show you how to play left field,'" Rice recalled. "He folded his arms and dropped his head and said, 'Jimmy, you're going to have to learn how to play it yourself.' "
Mayor Tom Menino proclaimed it "Carl Yastrzemski Day for the city of Boston."
Yastrzemski paused during his speech and remembered his late son, Michael.
"He was my biggest fan," he said. "I wish he were here today."
Yastrzemski, inducted into the baseball Hall of Fame in 1989, wore his No. 8 jersey while throwing out the first pitch before the game against the Toronto Blue Jays.