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I have a confession to make.
I started off following the Seattle Mariners. I know, this is fundamentally not right for a Red Sox fan.
Let me explain.
I have a soft spot for amazing pitchers and I am a huge Randy Johnson fan. He was a dominating lefty that really came into himself while playing for the Mariners. I also have family living in that area of the US, so attended a few games out there.
As you might assume, I have moved on since to fall in love with the Boston Red Sox. This does not keep me from keeping one eye on the various Mariners that move through their organization. One such player I follow is Mike Carp, whom I really enjoyed watching become a pretty good hitter. When he moved over to the Boston Red Sox this season, I was happy to see a player I knew coming back to center stage for me instead of playing in the wings over on the West Coast.
Another player that could not escape my attention was Greg Halman, one of the few Dutch...