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It's a split decision as fans voice opinions

While watching the Bruins game at The Fours last night, patrons also discussed the blockbuster Red Sox trade that didn't go through.


"In the best interest of the Red Sox, I'm disappointed," Bob Boyd of Plymouth said of Alex Rodriguez not coming to Boston from the Rangers in a deal that would have sent Manny Ramirez to Texas, with Boston then possibly trading Nomar Garciaparra to the White Sox in exchange for Magglio Ordonez. "But I wouldn't want Nomar to leave. I think [the trade] would have made the team better. A-Rod is a great addition and Manny is a great subtraction, and Ordonez would be great."

Other Red Sox fans felt that proposing a trade that would have sent Garciaparra to the White Sox was an insult.

"It's not about the heart and soul of the team anymore," Susan Murphy of Melrose said. "It's all about the money."

Murphy's friend, Sarah Brocher, added, "I think a lot of people were disappointed that [Nomar and Manny] would have been leaving, including my 11-year-old daughter."

The involvement of the Major League Players Association in the Rodriguez deal boggled the minds of some fans, who wondered if the union is looking out for the best interest of its players.

"If the union put up a barrier and got in the way, then that's not fair," said Mike Pizzone of Boston.

Overall, Sox fans didn't seem disappointed that Ramirez would have been traded. "It would have been nice to get rid of Manny, but not at the expense of Nomar," said Eric MacCuish of Malden.

Toni Facella of Boston said, "It was too much money to get [Rodriguez] and too many sacrifices. We want to keep Nomar."

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