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Jim Lonborg thinks '67 Impossible Dream more magical without World Series win


Jim Lonborg thinks '67 Impossible Dream more magical without World Series win

BOSTON — The Impossible Dream celebrated 50 years on Wednesday night, when Carl Yastrzemski, Jim Lonborg and a slew of other pennant winners were feted before the Red Sox played the Cardinals at Fenway Park.

The 1967 team fell to Bob Gibson’s Cardinals in a seven-game World Series. Before that, they injected life into a stadium that was dull and dim following years of losing.

“Well, I think it’s great because it brought the fans back to the ball park,” Yastrzemski said. “How many people showed up for Ted Williams’ final game, 10,000 at the most? How many did we have Opening Day? I don’t think it was full. And I know my previous six years, we were lucky to have 10,000 people on a Friday night. So it brought baseball back to New England.”

Lonborg, who won the Cy Young that year as a foil to Yastrzemski’s triple crown, didn’t have any regret that the Sox didn’t wind up winning it all.

“I don’t see the magic of this Impossible Dream team would have had this same feeling had we won everything,” Lonborg said. “I think the fact that we got so close and didn’t win almost was a better ending than having won it all and then expecting things to be perfect after that. It was bittersweet, but if I was a writer, I probably would have written that into the script.”

Reggie Smith, Rico Petrocelli, Mike Andrews, Gary Bell and Ken Harrelson were among the others to return to Fenway Park on Wednesday.

Strong Grapefruit League debut for Price

Strong Grapefruit League debut for Price

David Price's Grapefruit League debut was nearly perfect.

The Red Sox left-hander pitched four scoreless innings, allowing a hit and a walk and striking out five in a 7-5 victory over the Toronto Blue Jays in Fort Myers, Fla.

Price threw 55 pitches, 34 for strikes. He cruised through the first on nine pitches. He allowed the single and walk in the second.  

"It feels good. This is March 15 and I've never been able to have a four-pitch mix on March 15," Price told reporters after his start. "I've never been this far along in spring training even though I've only thrown in one game. I'm excited about that."

The Red Sox open March 29 at Tampa Bay, with Chris Sale likely to start. Price will likely pitch the second game of the season, March 30 at Tropicana Field.