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Entries from Empyreal Environs tagged with “1967 Impossible Dream Team”

Greeting the Season

At last, here is a sampling of my photos from Opening Day. Later on tonight I should have a few pictures of Opening Night posted. Click on the thumbnail for a larger version. Media vans dominated Van Ness Street. McGruff the Crime Dog (ineffectively) combating public drunkenness on Lansdowne Street. A bouncer pays homage to newest addition to the Red Sox rotation. Hi, baby. Bunting! It’s baseball o’clock. For Fenway’s 90th anniversary there was a nattily-designed logo without any corporation branding. Hopefully this isn’t the shape of things to come. Mariners pose in front of the left field wall. A day early for Matsuzaka’s first home start, but this fan is understandably eager. All season long the 1967 Impossible Dream team will be honored. After his introduction Matsuzaka saluted his teammates. Members of the Impossible Dream team ready themselves to toss the ceremonial first pitch of 2007. These Beckett fans ran out of either space or Ks to commemorate all eight of their icon’s strikeouts....

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Game 7: April 10, 2007 Mariners 3 L: Jeff Weaver (0-1) 2-2, 2 game losing streak1-0-0 series record Red Sox 14 W: Josh Beckett (2-0) 4-3, 2 game winning streak1-1-0 series record Highlights: McGruff the Crime Dog prowled Lansdowne Street for miscreants. Harry Connick, Jr. sang “America the Beautiful” but not the national anthem. How dare! J.D. Drew hit his first home run of the season, a two-run blast over the center field wall in the second inning. My first home opening day game was somewhat disappointing. The Red Sox did not score in bottom of every inning; they actually put up goose eggs in the sixth and eighth. Beckett, although he pitched seven innings and struck out eight, did not throw a complete game shutout, let alone the no-hitter I was expecting. The half-hearted attempt at a benches-clearing brawl in the eighth was hapless. Brendan Donnelly and Jose Guillen’s conflict has its roots in Guillen’s dismissal from the 2004 Angels playoff roster (in which Donnelly supposedly played a role) and Guillen’s subsequent outing of the relief pitcher’s use of pine tar. There is more embittered emotions between Tom and Jerry than these two minor players. But, it did...


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