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, October 31, 2007

Possible Dream: Achieved

The Boston Red Sox are the 2007 Champions of baseball. Three years removed from the '04 miracle Sox, and 40 years removed from the Impossible Dream; a different kind of Red Sox team has clinched the World Series title. Four homegrown players were on the starting lineup card, and four homegrown players were on the field at the end. A team of well-developed prospects, savvy free agent signings, and luck (as is the case of Mike Lowell... originally the $9 million a year "throw-in" to the Josh Beckett deal) worked together as one of the most well rounded groups to take the field in the Series.

The pieces started to come together just as the Sox were raising the Championship banner in 2005. The '05 amateur draft proved to be a great one for the Sox. Theo Epstein stockpiled draft picks, 4 of the first 42 to be exact. Among those were Jacoby Ellsbury and Clay Buchholz. Both of those players shined in short '07 stints that don't even count as their rookie years. 1996 saw the acquisition of Mike Lowell and Josh Beckett from Florida. Coco Crisp and Julio Lugo were signed as free agent This season, Rookie Dustin Pedroia would be the starting Shortstop. Despite an anemic April performance, Dustin turned it on the rest of the season, and likely winning the Rookie of the Year honors.

Tomorrow we will be taking a look at the Possible Dreams that other New England teams are trying to achieve this year.

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