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Boston Red Sox: Justin Masterson and 4 Sox We Wish Stuck Around
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People always talk about the next great savior of any given team. Less often do we talk about the ones who got away, whether through free agency or trades.

If you've watched SportsCenter in the last five years, you've certainly heard the anchors sarcastically say "Former Red Sox Great" or "Former Celtics Great," a dig at the way in which Boston sports fans put our athletes on a pedestal.

This is true. Whether the former Red Sox player is Babe Ruth or Willy Mo Pena, every player has his fans.

Justin Masterson is one player I wish the Boston Red Sox had kept. Theo Epstein dealt Masterson to the Cleveland Indians for Victor Martinez, who stayed in Boston for just two seasons.

I'm a sucker for unorthodox pitching deliveries, so I was drawn to Masterson right away. Even though he was just an average pitcher with the Sox, if he had stuck around, maybe we wouldn't be forced to watch John Lackey once every five days.

Here's four other players from my era (sorry Babe Ruth) that I wish were still around.

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