"When you get older," he said after the game, "the big thing is the mental drive. That's the toughest part of baseball, concentrating hard enough to get two hits, then three hits, then four. I think you can help a club more hitting .320 with 20 home runs than you can at .250 with 40 home runs. I don't think I've struck out since I've come back, and if I'm driving in runs with singles and doubles now, why should I change?"
As for home runs, Yaz is with Kasko. "When they come," the three-time batting champion said, "they'll come."
For the fans, if not the critics, that may be enough.