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The love never died

Nomar Garciaparra left his heart at Fenway after being traded in 2004

Updated: March 11, 2010, 8:11 AM ET
By Gordon Edes | ESPNBoston.com

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- It had ended nearly six years ago with a long walk alone down a corridor in the basement of the Metrodome in Minneapolis, trailed by a single TV cameraman, his white dress shirt untucked over blue jeans, his face masking the shock, hurt and anger at this most bitter of partings.

It was renewed again Wednesday morning in the very place it had all begun, this love affair twixt a town and a team, as Ken Coleman had once phrased it, this time with a smiling man surrounded ...

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