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This was the most interesting and bizarre offseason for the Red Sox ever. Grady Little was fired. They said it wasn't because of game 7, but you have to believe it was a big part of it.

They put Manny on irrevokeable waivers. No takers. They wooed Curt Schilling and Terry Francona simultaneously. They stole Keith Foulke from the cash-poor A's. All the while they tried to make the mega-deal with A-Rod. They'd trade Manny for A-Rod straight up to Texas and work out the financial deal. Then they'd trade Nomar to Chicago for Magglio Ordonez. New left fielder, new shortshop. Get rid of Manny. Get the best player in the game. The deal was ok with Texas, ok with the Red Sox, ok with A-Rod - only to be vetoed by ... the Players' Association.

So the Red Sox would go into battle with the same team. Only late in February, the Evil Empire struck again. A-Rod, so anxious to get out of Texas, decided it would be ok to move to 3rd and play alongside Jeter. Red Sox fans were livid. Steinbrenner and John Henry had a huge war of words.

2004 promises to be a huge year. The Red Sox Yankees rivalry hit a fever pitch, and tickets to Sox games are impossible to get. Will this be the year?

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