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04/09/2007 3:52 PM ET
"Impossible Dream" remembered on Opening Day
Members of the 1967 A.L. champions to be honored at Red Sox home opener tomorrow vs. Seattle; Harry Connick, Jr. to perform America the Beautiful
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BOSTON -- It was 40 seasons ago that a Red Sox team, led by a rookie manager, defied all expectations by winning the American League pennant and in the process, the hearts of New England baseball fans.

That 1967 club, which accomplished the "Impossible Dream," will be honored prior to the Red Sox 2007 home opener tomorrow afternoon, when Boston hosts the Seattle Mariners at 2:05 p.m.

In what will be the first event in a season-long tribute to the 1967 Red Sox, over 20 members of the club that went from ninth place in 1966 to Boston's first pennant in 21 years will be introduced on-field and participate in the first pitch ceremony.

Among those scheduled to return are manager Dick Williams, the A.L. manager of the year in his first season at the helm, and left fielder Carl Yastrzemski, who produced MLB's last Triple Crown performance en route to becoming the A.L.'s Most Valuable Player. A complete list of 1967 attendees is attached.

American icon Harry Connick, Jr. will highlight the opening day festivities by performing America the Beautiful. The world renowned, Grammy and Emmy awarding winning musician, composer and actor has also received Tony nominations for his work on Broadway during his distinguished career. Connick's most recent album releases are Oh, My NOLA, and Chanson du Vieux Carré. A portion of the proceeds from the sale of these albums will benefit the New Orleans Habitat Musicians' Village, a project spearheaded by Connick and Branford Marsalis. Also be sure to catch Harry and his big band in performance at the Wang Theatre on April 25. (For more information: wangcenter.org.)

There will be flyover presented by The Green Mountain Boys of the 158th Fighter Wing from the Vermont Air National Guard. Red Sox legend Johnny Pesky, who celebrates his 55th year with the organization in 2007, will bring an appropriate conclusion to the ceremonies by declaring it's time to "Play Ball."

Fenway Park gates open at 12 noon on Tuesday. The ceremonies will begin at approximately 1:30 p.m.

Opening Day will culminate with the 2007 Red Sox Welcome Home Dinner on Tuesday night at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center. The dinner, which benefits the Red Sox Foundation, will also include appearances by the 1967 and 2007 Red Sox and will be highlighted with a performance by the award-winning Country Western band Lonestar. Actor and comedian B.J. Novak will serve as the master of ceremonies.

RED SOX CLAIM RHP J.D. DURBIN OFF WAIVERS FROM ARIZONA: The Red Sox today claimed RHP J.D. Durbin on waivers from the Arizona Diamondbacks. Durbin's addition puts Boston's major league roster at 40 players. The righthander made one appearance in relief for the Diamondbacks, allowing seven runs in 0.2 innings on April 4 at Colorado. He was claimed on waivers by Arizona from Minnesota on March 29. Durbin, 25, had spent his entire seven-year pro career with the Minnesota organization, going 0-1, 7.36 in four games/one start with the Twins in 2004.

SERIES PROBABLES: Seattle's scheduled doubleheader in Cleveland was postponed today, resulting in the following probables for this series:

Tuesday (2:05) - RHP Jeff Weaver (1st appearance) vs. RHP Josh Beckett (1-0, 1.80)/NESN/WRKO/WEEI/SBN

Wednesday (7:05) - RHP Felix Hernandez (1-0, 0.00) vs. RHP Daisuke Matsuzaka (1-0, 1.29)/NESN/WEEI/SBN

Thursday (4:05) - LHP Jarrod Washburn (0-0, 3.00) vs. RHP Tim Wakefield (0-1, 1.50)/NESN/WEEI/SBN

OPENING DAY NOTES: The Red Sox are 60-46 lifetime in their home openers, 51-43 at Fenway Park...Boston has won the last 2 home openers, including 5-3 against Toronto in 2006, after losing 3 straight...Club is 10-4 since 1993...This is the 3rd time that Boston has opened its home season with the Mariners, losing, 5-3 in 1997 and winning, 9-7 in 1998...Josh Beckett was the starter and winner in the 2006 home opener on April 11.

MEMBERS OF THE 1967 RED SOX SCHEDULED TO PARTICIPATE IN OPENING DAY CEREMONIES
(As of April 9. List is subject to change)

Manager Dick Williams
Infielder Mike Andrews
Pitcher Gary Bell
Pitcher Dennis Bennett
Pitcher Darrell Brandon
Pitcher Galen Cisco
Catcher Russ Gibson
Outfielder Ken Harrelson
Infielder Dalton Jones
Pitcher Bill Landis
Pitcher Jim Lonborg*
Pitcher Dave Morehead
Catcher Jerry Moses
Pitcher Dan Osinski
Infielder Rico Petrocelli
Pitcher Billy Rohr
Catcher Mike Ryan
Pitcher Jose Santiago
Outfielder Reggie Smith
Pitcher Lee Stange
Outfielder George Thomas
Pitcher Gary Waslewski
Outfielder Carl Yastrzemski


Former Red Sox outfielder Billy Conigliaro, who played for Boston from 1969-71, will also take part
*Unable to participate in opening day ceremonies due to previous commitments; will attend dinner
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