Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Red Sox Magic Number - 67

With the Yankees losing 3-2 to the Rays last night the magic number has been reduced to 67. When you say 67 to any Red Sox fan thoughts immediately turn to the Impossible Dream team of 1967. I wasn't around for that season but even guys like me think of 67.

That year was also the season that Carl Yastrzemski won the Triple Crown by hitting .326 with 44 HR and 121 RBI. It wasn't until this year that I learned that Yaz actually tied for the HR lead with Harmon Killebrew of the Twins. That doesn't diminish Yaz's accomplishment in my eyes though especially when you consider that in 1967 Yaz also led the league in runs, hits, OBP, SLG, OPS and total bases.

Yaz is one of those players that gets overlooked these days (even in Boston). Keep in mind that this is a guy who was an 18-time All-Star, had 7 Gold Gloves, is in 8th place all-time in both hits and total bases, 13th place in RBI, 16th place in runs and 33rd in HR.

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