Re: 1967 vs 2013
posted at 9/13/2013 11:45 AM EDT
In response to BigPapiforever's comment:
Nice post but not even close. The 67 players earned less than the current concession worker. The 67 players could be found working out at the local ymca. The 67 team played most games in front of an empty park including the night they clinched.
In response to JimfromFlorida's comment:
2013 is as good as. NO ONE excpected 1967 and most laughed when Dick Williams said the team would win more than they lost that year. This year most if not all never saw better than a 500 record.
Since I was 17 in '67 and I am now 63 comparision of the teams stops at what we expected, which was little. One was led by the Captain the other by Big Papi
The '67 team was a lot of kids who we knew little about.
The 2013 team is a buch of players we thought we knew and were not overly impressed.
I am enjoying this season as much as '67 and more than '03, 04 and '07. just because of the unexpected coming true.
That team is special and did it without trainers and much money and without thinking about next year's contract. Guys like Yaz and Tony C are in a class all by themselves.
Actually the 1967 Red Sox led the American League that year in attendance with over 1.7 million. Jerry Remy has said that 1967 was the year the Sox became a different franchise, a successful franchise that could continue to appeal to fans at Fenway and on TV.
Curt Flood changed MLB forever when he successfully challenged the reserve clause. Before him the average player made 7 times as much as the average fan. Afterward, it became 7 X 7 times as much and today might even be 100 times as much. But MLB is a long ways from going broke, so maybe that's what those guys are worth.
I missed the entirety of the 1967 season because I was overseas. When I looked it up on google, I found out that was the August when Tony C got beaned, which proved to be the beginning of the end of a great career cut short--something not to celebrate.
Yes, players today are "overpaid," but that does not prevent most of them from playing hard and loving the game as much as their predecessors. The 2004 Sox were paid a lot more than the 1967 Sox, it's true, but I thought they played with plenty of enthusiasm and professionalism. Same goes for this year's model.