Found May 01, 2013 on The Outside Corner:
Reflecting back, there’s a critical period in the Red Sox development which is largely under-remembered due to what happened in October, 2004. But it began in November, 1997 when the Sox actually traded for a young star – Pedro Martinez – as opposed to their typical coveting of used-to-be-stars approach. And it ended in July, 2004 when the new-era Sox traded away oft injured Nomar Garciaparra. Between those pivotal events the Sox bandwagon became heavy, but not many noticed (outside of the fact that seats suddenly became hard to come by) because the Sox were still the lovable losers at that time as opposed to recent World Series Champions. Pedro joined the Sox immediately following Nomar’s Rookie-of-the-Year, All Star, Silver Slugger campaign of 1996. And suddenly the Red Sox had the best young starter in the game, complemented by one of the best young position players. In that first year Pedro (Age: 26) went 19-7, 2.89, and Nomar (Age: 24) hit .323/35/122 with a .946 OPS. T...
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