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?

 

Tuesday, October 2, 2007

The Playoff Picture - How Each Team Looked on October 1st

Both the '67 and '07 Red Sox made it into the playoffs, although in very different situations. Without the Wild Card as a safety net, the '67 Sox barely edged out Detroit and Minnesota for the top spot in the American League. This marked the first that that the Sox took the AL since twenty years earlier, 1946 - a World Series marred by Enos Slaughter... and Pesky "holding on to the ball too long". The '07 Sox also finished as the top AL team, thanks in part to having the tiebreaker over the Indians. '07 marks the first AL East title since 1995 (which was won with a paltry 86 wins).

In 1967, Carl Yastrzemski led nearly every offensive category that existed. His individual effort was rewarded with the AL MVP. While the '07 Sox only had leaders in walks, OBP, and extra base hits... they do have Rookie of the Year favorite Dustin Pedroia.

Both teams accomplished this with only one 20-game pitcher, and team era's under 3.9. Jim Lonborg won the Cy Young in '67, and Josh Beckett is at the top of the list of nominees in '07.

The '07 Sox are alot like the '67 Sox... maybe with the talent spread across a few more players... but it is there.

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