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April 3, 2007
Impossible Dream Sox to be honored at Fenway opener
In what the Red Sox say will be the first of a season-long series of events honoring the 1967 American League champions, the home opener next Tuesday will be a celebration of the 40th anniversary of the Impossible Dream team.
More than 20 members of the team -- including manager Dick Williams and Hall of Famer left fielder Carl Yastrzemski -- will be on the field for the pregame ceremonies prior to the Sox' game against the Seattle Mariners. Harry Connick, Jr. will perform America the Beautiful and there will be a flyover by The Green Mountain Boys of the 158th Fighter Wing from the Vermont Air National Guard.
Among the '67 players currently scheduled to appear (list is subject to change):
Manager Dick Williams; pitchers Gary Bell, Dennis Bennett, Darrell Brandon, Galen Cisco, Bill Landis, Dave Morehead, Dan Osinski, Billy Rohr, Jose Santiago, Lee Stange and Gary Waslewski; catchers Russ Gibson, Jerry Moses and Mike Ryan; second baseman Mike Andrews; shortstop Rico Petrocelli; infielder Dalton Jones, and outfielders Ken Harrelson, Reggie Smith, George Thomas and Carl Yastrzemski.
The players will also attend the 2007 Welcome Home Dinner that night at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center. Ace '67 pitcher Jim Lonborg will be unable to attend the Opening Day ceremonies because of a previous commitment, but he will be at the dinner.
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Projo SoxTalk with Art Martone
Today, Sean McAdam checks in to talk about how the Red Sox handled their Opening Day debacle in Kansas City.
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Manny Being Merlot
Manny Ramirez, Curt Schilling and Tim Wakefield has each lent his name to a variety of Chilean wine imported by Vinlozano Imports and marketed by Charity Wines and Charity Hop. For each bottle sold, $1.25 will go to the player's favorite charity.
Here's what you need to know about Manny Being Merlot: "This estate-grown, hand-crafted merlot shows a deep red color with aromas of black pepper and ripe red fruit. The velvety and spicy finish matches perfectly with grilled meats, pastas and pizza.
Manny Ramirez believes that all children should have a chance to achieve their dreams. By purchasing Manny Being Merlot, you're helping children of Miami, Florida, have the chance at success and reaching their dreams. Donations from sales of Manny Merlot benefit CHARLEE Homes for Children. CHARLEE provides therapeutic, residential, and supportive services to abused, abandoned, and neglected children within a safe environment in a community-based continuum of care. For more information or to make a donation please call 305-779-9796 or visit us at www.charleeprogram.org."
Click here for more information on the program.
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Just a reminder
Check back at noon today to hear Sean McAdam discuss the Red Sox on ProJo SportsTalk with Art Martone.
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Baseball Today: Tuesday, April 3
A local spin around the baseball world . . .
RELIVE THE NIGHTMARE, MOMENT BY MOMENT: Joe Posnanski blogged yesterday's Red Sox-Royals game from his seat in the Kaufman Stadium press box. In addition to the game he provided advice to the fans, the most valuable of which may have been: ''Don't scream 'balk' when the guy whirls around and fakes the throw to second." Amen, Joe, amen. (thesoulofbaseball.blogspot.com)
RELIVE THE NIGHTMARE, BATTER BY BATTER: That's pretty much what Curt Schilling does. Give him credit, though. He came back to the computer and still posted after what had to be one of the most disappointing days -- considering how much importance he's placing on this season -- of his career. (38pitches.com)
HOW WE SAW IT: Sean McAdam recounts Schilling's afternoon. (projo.com)
HOW THEY SAW IT: The Kansas City Star gives us the view from the other side. (kansascity.com)
COME AGAIN? Brigham's Ice Cream has decided it's time to retire it's "Curse Reversed" ice cream. (There is a God.) The reason? ''[After] winning a World Series championship and putting two great baseball seasons behind us, it's time to retire anything related to a 'curse' and bestow a new name more fitting to the dream for the team in 2007," said Chuck Green, CEO and President of Brigham's. Couple of things, Chuck: 1) How do seasons in which the team was swept in the first round of the playoffs and missed the playoffs entirely qualify as ''great'', and 2) shouldn't the curse have disappeared on Oct. 27, 2004? Well, let's not quibble. Start thinking of a new name, folks. One of the contenders: Dice-Kream. I think I'd prefer ''Curse Reversed.'' (brighams.com)
ALL A-ROD, ALL THE TIME: And they say we're obsessive . . . (nypost.com)
MEDICAL REPORT: Johnny Damon cramped up and had to leave yesterday's game against the Devil Rays (newsday.com) . . . Rocco Baldelli, on the other hand, ignored his hamstring problems, stayed in the game and was pretty productive (tbo.com)
OLD FRIENDS: It was a quite a day yesterday for Trot Nixon (ohio.com), Hanley Ramirez (miamiherald.com), and, as you all probably saw on the highlight reels, Edgar Renteria (ajc.com) . . . Not so much for David Eckstein, though; looks like he won't be getting a contract extension anytime soon (stltoday.com).
-- ART MARTONE
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