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?

 

Wednesday, August 1, 2007

The Year of "The Possible Dream"

The 1967 Red Sox defied the expectations of nearly everyone. Their inspiring worst-to-first climb created the backbone of what is now referred to as Red Sox Nation. This year, the Red Sox have a solid team and great expectations from the start. The 2007 "Possible Dream" Red Sox are Vegas odds favorites to win the World Series.

With the addition of elite reliever Eric Gagne at the trade deadline, the Sox bolstered what was already the best bullpen in baseball.

This blog will be talking about the '07 Sox, reminiscing about the '67 Sox, and doing special entries comparing players on both teams. Here's the tentative list of who is being compared.

Position Players:

C - Mike Ryan vs. Jason Varitek
1B – George Scott vs. Kevin Youkilis
2B – Mike Andrews vs. Dustin Pedroia
3B – Joe Foy vs. Mike Lowell
SS – Rico Petrocelli vs. Julio Lugo
LF – Carl Yastrzemski vs. Manny Ramirez
CF – Reggie Smith vs. Coco Crisp
RF – *Tony Conigliaro vs. JD Drew
*Ken “Hawk” Harrelson vs. Wily Mo Pena

Pitchers:

Jim Lonborg vs. Curt Schilling
Gary Bell vs. Daisuke Matsuzaka
Lee Stange vs. Josh Beckett
Bucky Brandon vs. Tim Wakefield

John Wyatt vs. Jonathan Papelbon
Jose Santiago vs. Julian Tavarez
Sparky Lyle vs. Hideki Okajima

Feel free to comment and suggest any changes we should make, or other players we should include. With the lack of a DH, we found it hard to give David Ortiz a match on the '67 team. Maybe this should count as a +1 to the '07 team.

Here's to The Possible Dream.

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2 Comments:

CCWeasel said...

Comparing apples to oranges here, but David Ortiz and Jerry Adair. Super Sub got a few points in the mvp voting in '67.

August 5, 2007 8:40 PM  
Kevin said...

Nice pick! It is a bit apples-to-oranges, but so would be the catcher comparison if we got REALLY specific(Varitek/Mirabelli vs. Gibson/Ryan/Howard/Tillman). I think this would fit into the format we're doing. Thanks for the suggestion.

August 6, 2007 12:33 PM  

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