NEW HAVEN - Boston Red Sox Craig Breslow '02 and Ryan Lavarnway '09 returned to Yale Monday, bringing some recently earned hardware with them.
At the Yale Law School, a strong showing of the Yale community and Red Sox Nation welcomed the pair. The Commissioner's Trophies from each of the Sox' past three World Series victories were also present, including their most recent from last year's 2013 season.
The batterymates were introduced by a leading members of the Sox and Bulldog communities, including former broadcaster Dick Flavin, former Yale Law School dean Harold Koh, and Yale Law professors Michael Wishnie and Dennis Curtis.
The two former Yale Baseball players spoke briefly about being back at Yale. "I have nothing but great memories here," said Lavarnway. "Just walking around school and eating at all my favorite places, I've got nostalgia going through my mind like crazy. It's great to see familiar faces."
For Breslow, originally from Trumbull, CT, the return was especially sweet. He was also in the Red Sox organization during their championship 2007 season, but he noted, "I feel quite a bit more comfortable embracing the championship this year. I had more significant contributions." He recalled how, in September of that season, he was called up for one game: a no-hitter by then-rookie starter Clay Buchholz. He was sent down after no playing time, which he deemed "the only September call-down."
2013 was somewhat of a breakout season for Breslow, a left-handed reliever. When asked to identify what factor changed for him, he responded, "I don't know that I could pick one…I was consistent, I got a regular chance to pitch. After a couple hiccups early on, I was healthy and most importantly, I was a part of a great team - a team that prioritized winning so it made it fun and easy to show up for work every day."
Breslow has remained in contact with Yale head coach John Stuper and the Yale Baseball program throughout his career. Said Breslow, "[Coach Stuper] has been a great mentor for me and I know that he's incredibly proud of what Ryan and I have been doing. We hope that our success creates a wave of success for future Yalies."