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Page 16 - - BOSTON POST-GAZETTE, NOVEMBER 8, 2013 EXTRA Innings by Sal Giarratani I Call "Em The Impossible Dream 2 Team The Boston Red Sox are a truly amazing franchise. What they did as a team this year after the Septem- ber 2011 collapse and the dreaded 2012 showing going 69-93 is truly historic. All year long, this team kept pulling rabbits out of their baseball caps. This carried on in post-season against the Detroit Tigers in the ALCS and in the World Series against the St. Louis Cardinals. Both those teams had fantastic pitching and yet our pitchers met them and beat them. Kudos to both Jon Lester and John Lackey who were just great this year right up to Game 6 of the World Series. Lackey has more than made up for his past dismal pitching. Finally, the bullpen came through like never before. David Ortiz proved to me Southpaw Sal in the batter's box under the lights at Joe Young Elite Stadium in East Boston. that he actually can be a team leader and showed it in Game 4 when we were down and about to go 1-3 in the World Series. Jacoby Ellsbury looked great and probably will go elsewhere during the off-season in free agency. Personally I think it is time to think about what if any future Clay Buchholz has with this team. I don't think he is strong enough to be a really good starting pitcher. He breaks down every year half way through the season and that is a real big prob- lem. He is young enough and still has prospect of getting better. Maybe we can get somebody good for him while he is still a big name in baseball. Kudos to Manager John Farrell for doing such a great job this past season. As a former pitching coach, he was just the right guy to lead this team and make us forget about Bobby Valentine last season or Terry Fran- cona at the end of 2011. Man- agers have to be in charge, Farrell was all season and he did it in a very quiet way. I compare this year's team to the 1967 Impossible Dream Team when a total team effort took them also from the bottom to the top in quick order. Everyone on that team played above expectations and just kept plugging away to the last out of every game. I Watching this year's team made me feel young again as I really was back in 1967. I believe Red Sox Nation was born in 1967 and as a baby boomer I can still re- member all the low expecta- tions Boston fans had for the Sox during the lean '50s and early '60s years. Today, younger fans don't have the history of those horrible years when it was often very painful watching the old town team play at Fenway Park. I like the Post- '67-era of the Sox and I am a proud Red Sox Nation mem- ber. I can't wait for Opening Day in April to begin the 2014 season. The Red Sox no longer know the defini- tion of "impossible" because with these guys, everything is always possible. Bob "Newmurph" Murphy of Medford, and member of the Irish American Club of Malden. LONG LIVE THE BEARD! (Photos by Rosario Scabin, Ross Photography) HAUNTED BY THE PAST Halloween had been over for a few days but for the Bruins the annual fright night holiday extended into over- time, much like their game against the visiting Dallas Stars. If you recall it was the B's that sent Tyler Seguin (a player with rising potential) and Rich Peverley to the Stars back in July. In doing so, they followed one of the traditions of the sport if possible, trade players to the other conference so you rarely see them again. Rarely, but not never. And thus it was that Seguin and Peverley reappeared at the Garden, the only time this season that the Stars would be seen on Causeway Street. For the regulation portion of the game plus the five minute skating overtime, the two were held pretty much in check. The contest went to a shootout with the score tied 2-2. If fact, the Bruins probably should have won, 2-1 but Dallas's Vernon Fiddler was awarded a penalty shot after he was brought down by Dennis Seidenberg .while closing in for what would have been an unobstructed shot on B's goalie Tuukka Rask. Fiddler converted the pen- alty shot with 2:34 remain- ing, sending the contest into a scoreless skating OT which was followed by the penalty shot contest shootout. And that's when the past rose up to clip the Bruins. First it was Seguin. It looked like the B's had done their job in the game proper. He had entered the matchup as the Stars' leading point pro- ducer but had been kept off the scoreboard to this point in the proceedings. Now that was about to change as he closed in on Rask for a tally that was followed a few moments later by Peverley's decisive score that gave Dallas a 3-2 victory. It was obvious during the post-game press conference that Bruins Coach Claude Julien would have preferred to be somewhere else. "I'm mad because we lost," the coach stated in a tone that said "don't go there" as a media member brought up the topic of Seguin and Peverley. The setback was the fourth in five games for the Bruins. That led the coach to talk about things from a team perspective. "When times are tough, times are tough. A little bit of confidence and a little bit of swagger are what we need right now. We have to work our way out of this thing. Sometimes when you get tired of losing you react and that's what you hope the guys are going to do here very soon." CAMPUS STROLLS -- It was an impressive weekend for two of the better teams in Hockey East and when it was all over, each school had a victory and each had a player honored with Hockey East Player of the Week laurels. We refer to the home and home series that featflred Boston University and Provi- dence College, both of which are nationally ranked as col- lege hockey moves toward the midpoint of its second month of action. The opening game of the series proved to be a big night for Boston University forward Danny O'Regan as he scored two crucial goals in a come-from-behind vic- tory over Providence College. The Terriers were down 3-0 at one point but fought back with O'Regan, a sopho- more forward, scoring both the game-tying and game- winning goals in a dramatic come-from-behind 5-4 tri- umph at Agganis Arena. O'Regan's heroics were a major factor in keeping the Terriers ranked nationally -- this week at number 17 and vaulted the Needham native into 10 th pIace on the Hockey East scoring leaders list. The win also marked the first time in two years that a BU team was able to over- come a 3-0 deficit and fight back to win the game. Providence, ranked fifth and sixth respectively in this week's national polls, got a measure of revenge the next night with a 3-1 victory, pushing the Friars' home mark at Schneider Arena to an impressive 5-0-1 this season. PC's Ross Mauermann scored two of those tallies and added an assist in the win. He also had a goal and an assist in the Friday game, giving him a very productive five-point weekend. For their outstanding per- formance both O'Regan and Mauermann were named Hockey East Co-Players of the Week. Meanwhile at The Heights. 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