GLENDALE -- Coyotes defenseman Keith Yandle talked Boston, baseball and, of course, hockey today as a guest on FOX Sports Arizona’s “Diamondbacks Live” show from Fenway Park.
Yandle, a Boston native, chatted with Diamondbacks/Coyotes host Todd Walsh on the field for a few moments shortly before the Arizona vs. Boston game. Yandle, who led the Coyotes with 30 points last season, is a longtime Red Sox fan.
Yandle told Walsh that he recently met the family of Martin Richard - the eight-year-old boy killed in last spring’s explosions at the Boston Marathon - and presented them with the team-autographed “Martin Richard” jersey he wore during warm-ups before the Coyotes game vs. Chicago on April 20.
“It was amazing,” Yandle said. “It was great to meet them and amazing to see how such a strong family they are. It was a cool thing that they wanted the jersey and to go to their house and meet them was something I’ll never forget.”
Later in the interview Yandle told Walsh that Red Sox slugger Mo Vaughn was his favorite player when he was growing up in Boston.
“I loved his (batting) stance,” Yandle said. “Whenever he hit a home run, he picked it and watched it go out. He was my favorite player for a long time.”
Yandle also told Walsh that he is eager for the summer to end and for the 2013-14 season to begin.
“This time of year all you want to do is get back to Arizona and play and get back with the team,” Yandle said. “I talked to (Head Coach Dave Tippett) the other day, and when you talk to your coach you just get more and more excited. I can’t wait for the season to start.”
Yandle recently was invited to attend Team USA’s camp where it will pick its team for the 2014 Winter Olympics.
“Just being invited to go to this camp is a huge thing for me and I’m very excited,” Yandle said. “To have the opportunity to hopefully represent my country would be awesome and obviously another thing that you would never forget.”
During the interview, Diamondbacks relief pitcher Heath Bell playfully jumped onto the set to let Yandle know he expected Yandle to cheer for the Diamondbacks - and not his beloved Red Sox - during the game.
“I will, I will,” Yandle told Bell with a smile.
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