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Old 06-06-2006, 12:20 AM   #422
Taco John
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Maybe it would help Red Sox fans stomach recent developments if they could just do a simple mental gymnastic and create a new reality regarding the off-season trade that was supposed to position them for a title run.

Instead of viewing 2003 World Series MVP Josh Beckett as the jewel of the deal and Mike Lowell as the $18-million booby prize, Boston fans just need to reverse it in their minds. The new take: you got an All-Star, Gold Glove third baseman in exchange for uber-prospect Hanley Ramirez and lesser prospects Anibal Sanchez and Jesus Delgado, but you were forced to swallow a maddeningly inconsistent blister-prone pitcher in the deal.
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