Opening Day, And A Look Back. 40 Years Back
Today, Tuesday April 10, 2007, we look back 40 years to that Impossible Dream Team of 1967. Some of the heroes who will be honored include Captain Carl Yastrezemski, Manager Dick Williams, second baseman supreme Mike Andrews, our greatest shortstop (ever), Rico Petrocelli, centerfielder Reggie Smith, rightfielder Ken Harrelson, who came to the team to replace the beaned, eventually fatally beaned Tony Conigliaro, and Billy Conigliaro, who will be there for his late brother, our beloved young slugger taken from us far too young. And far too soon. And so many other members of that team, the team that will live forever, will be on the Fenway field this afternoon. And we will salute them and rejoice with them.
And then the Nation turns its NOT lonely eyes to the 2007 Boston Red Sox. And THIS team of dreams. And we have plenty of them. All the pieces are there, except for the number five guy in the rotation. That will change. I promise. It's the Seattle Mariners, with Jeff Weaver pitching, against our Sox, who have Josh Beckett and his newly found curveball. I hope he can give us 7 today, or at the very least, 6. The Mariners are rested. Maybe too rested! Their entire series against the Indians was snowed out.
So, shortly after 1pm, the look back at the Impossible Dream team of 1967. And a couple minutes after 2pm, Baseball 2007 Boston Red Sox style. OUR style. Enjoy, and if you're there, congrats! You're so lucky. Wear a sweater. And for those of us planning to watch at home, enjoy the NESN HD or SD coverage, starting at 1pm. Go Josh. Go Sox. Go RSN. Go us!