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Familiar feeling

Posted by Matt Porter, Globe Correspondent  July 30, 2008 11:45 AM

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With all the talk swirling that Manny Ramirez could be leaving Boston -- either tomorrow or at season's end -- it reminds us of a time when another beloved-but-controversial superstar left town.

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Four years ago tomorrow, the Red Sox traded shortstop Nomar Garciaparra, the face of the franchise for nearly a decade and one of the best ever to don the uniform, to the Cubs in a four-player deal. Things worked out, of course, but the move stirred Sox fans like nothing since Roger Clemens signing with Toronto in 1997.

While we don't know Manny's future with the team, let's take a look back to the aftermath of the Nomar deal, when we were left trying to put things in perspective. Click here to see our coverage of a tumultuous time in Sox history.

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