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No Mo' Nomah

I'm glad to see Nomar come back to the Sox for a day to retire. I always loved the guy and I'm glad there are no hard feelings after he was cast aside in 2004. Frankly, he just wasn't the right fit for the Sox anymore - though it's tragic to me that he couldn't win a championship with the team.

Garciaparra was a mesmerizing player to watch. Seemingly out of control in the field with is off-balance, side-armed throws. Always balanced at the plate, hitting pitches in and out of the strikezone on a line all over the field.

The man had 684 at bats as a rookie - 29th all time for a single season. It's what you get when you bat leadoff and swing at everything.

That same year he had a career high in hits (209), hit 11 triples, 30 homers and drove in 98 - again, batting leadoff. It was the start of a dynamic, explosive career. The next year he drove in 122 runs. Then he hit .357 and .372 in 1999 and 2000. Alongside Ichiro, he looked at one point like the best cha…

Beckett's Last Stand

If everything goes according to plan, Josh Beckett will not be a Red Sox in 2011. That said, there is a lot of room for that plan to falter.

The Sox currently have two veteran aces (Beckett and Lackey), an up-and-coming ace (Lester) a future ace (Buchholz), quality veterans (Wake and Dice-K), and a future stud (Casey Kelly). We also have in-the-wings, mid-level prospects (Junichi Tazawa and Michael Bowden).

If the plan as I see it works, then in 2011, everyone moves up. Lackey and Lester are the established aces. Buchholz will be the up-and-coming ace. Wake, Dice-K, Tazawa and probably a short-term free agent signing (Brad Penny-esque) will fill out the other two spots in the rotation and they will aim to get Kelly 10-15 big league starts as they did with Buchholz a few years back. In this scenario, Beckett is pitching elsewhere.

This is a great plan. It will probably fail.

It will likely fail because one of these pessimistic scenarios will probably happen in 2010 thus hurting the 2…