I just wanted to say that there are some people in Boston that are actually happy to see Nomar leave. You can say that the events over A-rod in the winter set things in motion, but the fact is that Nomar did't want to be in Boston anymore, and his presence was a cancer to this red sox team. Since the beginning of this season, Nomar has not only had an achilles heal injury, he has been the achilles heal.
Now they have improved their defense, but more importantly, they have guys who will be excited to perform in front of the great crowd at Fenway. Seriously, was I the only one that was embarrassed when Nomar is sitting on the bench at Yankee stadium, pissed off that he's not getting 20 million a year or whatever he eventually wanted, while Jeter is putting his face into a seat.
Hopefully some of these moves will improve the team as ESPN.com says they will. I just don't understand the logic in holding onto a player that doesn't want to be there. Honor what Nomar did in Boston while he was in Boston, but don't hold onto false hopes that he would have ever been able to remain in Boston after this year, and that the management, whether it was the "right" trade or not, made the correct decision in making any trade to improve.
Btw, I am a red sox fan, but I can laugh at a good red sox-yankees joke every once in a while, and I heard on the radio the other day that describing the red sox/yankees rivalry is like describing the rivalry between a whale and plankton.