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Heartfelt swan song for Mike Lowell

Veteran player leaves Red Sox with memories, applause and third base

Updated: October 3, 2010, 1:51 AM ET
By Gordon Edes | ESPNBoston.com

BOSTON -- The best days, Mike Lowell said, were when he was a child and his father, Carlos, would come home after working just half a day and the two would head together to the neighborhood baseball field, his father owning a key to unlock the gate.

Saturday afternoon in Fenway Park, Lowell avoided looking at the distinguished-looking man with the white hair sitting in a row of white folding chairs extending from third base, Lowell's neighborhood for the past five seasons.

"My dad, ...

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