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Prior to 2004, Red Sox fans often traded in a devalued, hindsight-based currency of What-Ifs:
— What if Frazee hadn’t hocked Ruth to the Yankees?
— What if Pesky had been a split-second earlier on the relay throw as Slaughter made his Mad Dash?
— What if Conigliaro had been able to get out of the way of that Jack Hamilton pitch?
— What if the wind had been blowing in when Bucky (ahem) Dent got a hold of that Mike Torrez pitch?
— What if Grady had lifted Pedro before Posada came up to bat in Game Seven?
Now, the Nation has another quandary that came to light as the Sox played the AL West-leading Rangers: What If Adrian Beltre was still holding down the hot corner for Boston instead of Will Middlebrooks?
Beltre played only one season in Boston, but it was memorable, and a monster: 189 hits. 49 doubles. 28 homers. 102 RBI. A .321 average. A Silver Slugger and an All-Star nod. Highlight-reel diving snags. H...