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2005: Alex Rodriguez to the Red Sox, The Curse Continues

Time for the next installment of this "What if" scenario involving the then year anniversary of the trade that never happened, Alex Rodriguez to the Boston Red Sox.

The 2004 season brought a Red Sox division title but a first round exit in the playoffs.

The 2005 regular season was impressive for the Red Sox as they won 106 games and won the AL East by 18 games.

The Red Sox lineup was potent. David Ortiz had another huge year, Hanley Ramirez would win Rookie of the Year, Carlos Beltran who signed as a free agent would be well worth the money and Alex Rodgriguez put up MVP type numbers. Hanley was the full time DH this season as AROD is the SS. Will be interesting to see if the Sox move him to third base in the future.

Mark Teixeira of the Texas Rangers would end up winning the AL MVP for the Texas Rangers along with the Triple Crown. A strong case could be made for AROD being the MVP. AROD had the highest WAR in baseball at 11.6 to Teixeira was at 10.2. Both really impres…

The 2004 Red Sox Can't Get It Done

Quick refresher, we turned back the clock to 2004 and made the Alex Rodriguez trade to the Red Sox happen. Is the trade a bust already? Alex Rodriguez and the Boston Red Sox were not able to win it all in 2004. It is hard to blame Alex though as he had a great season.

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Derek Jeter Retirement: Setting the Record Straight

Derek Jeter announced that 2014 will be his final season and the media began to wax poetically about his greatness. Don't get me wrong, Jeter is a great player and had a great career and he won the great shortstop debate between Nomar Garciaparra and Alex Rodriguez. I tip my hat to him. He played hard and did play the game the right way. I have posted many times about Derek Jeter on this blog. You can see all my posts about him right here.

However, the nonsense about his leadership and unselfishness makes me want to puke. Derek has an ego and is selfish just like any other pro athlete. The media likes to compare him to Joe Dimaggio with his "quiet class". I agree with that comparison. He is a lot like Joe, and that is not a compliment. I blogged about this in my post called The Captain?

Rick Sutcliffe gushed about how Jeter was all about winning and if he felt the Yankees were better off without him ten years earlier he would have retired then. Really Rick? It was int…

Alex Rodriguez Traded to the Boston Red Sox: A What if Simulation

Ten years ago the Boston Red Sox were close to pulling off a blockbuster trade that would have sent Alex Rodriguez to the Boston Red Sox in exchange for Manny Ramirez.

The trade did not go through because of the financial aspect of the deal. The Player's Union would not allow Alex to take a slight pay cut.

What if this trade did go through? Would the Red Sox still have broken the curse? Would AROD's career have turned out differently?

With the help of Out of the Park Baseball we get to find out all the answers. It is time to simulate the deal just as it was supposed to go down.

Alex Rodriguez goes to the Red Sox and will wear his customary #3 and play shortstop. Remember, AROD was coming off a monster 2003 season at the plate and in the field. He was the best defensive shortstop in the game. I have always had an issue with Derek Jeter for not being the one to volunteer to change positions. I blogged about it in a post called The Captain?

With Rodriguez on board, the contin…