We're going to play a little "what if?" on Sports Tonight.
What if A-Rod had become a member of the Red Sox and Manny Ramirez and Jon Lester had gone to the Rangers?
The Red Sox won three World Series since the trade that wasn't. Would they have won any if it actually went down?
Gary Tanguay, Mike Felger, and Steve Buckley play along, and it looks like Buckley has thought about this for a while.
"You have to look at it from a different perspective," Buckley begins. "A-Rod would have been their shortstop. You gotta remember that they would have traded Nomar to the White Sox. Maglio Ordonez would have been in the outfield. Ordonez got really banged up that year because he ran into a guy in the field. Well, if he's playing for the Red Sox, that doesn't happen. Maybe he puts up numbers. A-Rod playing at Fenway would have been Heaven for a right-handed hitter. The point that people forget is he's like 'this' with David Ortiz. Instead of having that friction with Derek Jeter, he's a happy guy in Boston, he's mellow, he's cool, he's hip, he puts up big numbers. That's the way you have to look at it. You have to look at his relationship with Red Sox players."
Tanguay says that he doesn't think the Red Sox would have won without both Ramirez and Lester because those two were instrumental in all three of them - Manny in the first one, Lester in the last two.