Boston Redsox

The Impossible Dream. For Red Sox fans who endured the Yankees dynasty of the 1950s or who grew up during the futile years of the early and mid-1960s, those three words mean only one thing: the 1967 Boston Red Sox. The 100-1 long shots who won the American League pennant on the last day of the season. The Cardiac Kids who had us glued to our transistor radios and black and white televisions during that thrilling, electrifying summer.

In San Francisco they wore flowers in their hair in 1967. In Boston, it was baseball in the air.

When the PawSox owner, Ben Mondor, died in 2010, the future of the team was cast into doubt. A new ownership group took over the team earlier this year. Then, two months later, they unveiled their request for taxpayers’ help to build a new stadium on part of the former I-195 land in Providence. The team asked for 120 million dollars in state lease payments and a 30-year exemption from Providence property taxes. The proposal sparked a mostly negative reaction from the public.

The PawSox beat the Syracuse Chiefs 10 – 3 Sunday at McCoy Stadium.  During the game, Mitch Maier hit a homer in the bottom of the fourth inning. That boosted the PawSox to a two run  lead 4 - 2.  Left Fielder Jeremy Hazelbaker said it’s all about settling down at the plate.

“I feel well it’s been going good, you know I’m trying to get into a groove right now keeping a consistent swing and keep my approach going to the plate a bat from a bat," said Hazelbaker.  "Just slowing things down and relaxing and not getting to jumpy at the plate.”