It was the best of times. It was the worst of times. Especially for Nomar Garciaparra in 2004.
"Well you know it was obviously devastating being traded, no question about that," Garciaparra said before his induction into the Red Sox Hall of Fame on Thursday. "But I was happy for them winning the World Series. For me, my teammates made me feel part of it which was great and that's what I was grateful for.
"When they were going through the playoff run I was getting calls from them when they were on the bus. It was like, 'Hey, did you see that? Did you see what we're doing?' I'm like, 'Yeah.' They say 'We're thinking about you," I'm like, 'I'm watching.'
Garciaparra -- who batted .323 in nine seasons with the Red Sox -- was shipped to the Chicago Cubs on the July 31 trading deadline in 2004, in a three-team deal that saw Orlando Cabrera coming to Boston and proving a spark at shortstop during the postseason run.
Pedro Martinez, who helped the Sox end the 86-year World Series championship drought that season, remembers 2004 a little more fondly.
“I will never see another dream being more special than the one we achieved here in Boston in ’04,” said Martinez, who will be honored in a pregame ceremony tonight along with Garciaparra, Roger Clemens, and radio announcer Joe Castiglione as part of the Red Sox' 2014 Hall of Fame class.