In 1967 the Boston Red Sox lived the ‘Impossible Dream’, going from last to first in one season. 40 years later, the Sox made a Possible Dream come true; fielding a solid team and winning the World Series. With many New England sports teams looking good this season, can they all make their "Possible Dreams" come true?


Thursday, August 9, 2007

George Scott vs. Kevin Yo(ouuuuu)ukilis

2007 is technically All-Star-snubee Kevin Youkilis' fourth year in the majors, but it's only his second full season. Fancy that. Perfect time to compare him to one George 'Boomer' Scott who, in 1967, was in his second season as the Red Sox first-baseman. The oh-so-sweetest part about this head-to-head comparison is not just seeing how close their numbers are '67 vs '07, but rather the realization of what Kevin could be. Granted, Scott was only 23 years old in 1967 - five years younger than Youkilis is now.

Could his numbers could be matched by his modern-day successor? Veteran fans might shake a stick at the notion.

Scott was an All-Star in his inaugural year ('66), finishing third in Rookie of the Year voting. He mashed in 27 long-balls and drove in 90. Pretty impressive. Actually - extremely impressive. But it only takes a glance to see a major flaw in his game: On-base percentage (OBP). Scott's OBP was surprisingly low for someone with such average BB/K figures, but not so surprising when you scope out the .268 career batting average (.245 in '66). Your classic swing-for-the-fences kinda guy (minus the Adam Dunn strikeout totals). But a guy with Scott's kind of eye - a guy who, only four years earlier was awarded the Eastern League Triple Crown - couldn't bat .245 forever, right?

'67 brought a more balanced batter. The power was still there. Despite not reaching the 20HR plateau (19), Scott still posted a beefy .465 slugging percentage and drove in 80+ runs. The equalizer in Boomer 2.0 was the eyes as he raised his batting average by over 50 points (.303) from the previous year.

As of today, "Youkie" (thanks Tito) is batting .303 and is in line to launch 18-19 over the wall [stats]. Sound familiar?

Of course, saying Youkilis will have a career as outstanding as Scott's is a roll of the dice, but he'll certainly get on base far more frequently.

Boomer gets the edge. (1967)

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