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FRIDAY

When he was traded to the Chicago Cubs this past weekend, I thought about putting my few Nomar Garciaparra keepsakes away. Or at least far enough out of reach that they couldn’t be hurled at anything. Feeling a little too woozy to actually make that effort, I instead poured a few glasses of Gentleman Jack, lurked my way over to SonsofSamHorn.com —the only Web site that provides any semblance of reasonable coverage for the Olde Town Team—and tried to steady myself. Though the deal—which is, as of this writing, not yet 12 hours old—looks pretty bad, that reaction is but a fan’s knee-jerk reading of a situation that had gotten so out of hand that Boston General Manager Theo Epstein was left with little choice but to trade his all-star shortstop. Well, I’ll give ’em two games. But if the Sox’s shit ain’t straight soon, I might just crack and make like Oakland A’s GM Billy Beane and repair to a parking lot somewhere to keep track of the final outings of the 2004 campaign via text-messaged updates on my cell phone. Of course, Beane’s in a position where he can’t really get away from his team. Me, I’m just a fan and Boston’s lucky to have me. But hell, allegiances can be bought. And a buffet’s a good way to start. Vice President of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues Stan Brand (pictured) moderates a discussion with Mitch Rubin, Dick Heller, and the whole Bowie Baysox crew at 3:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 6, at Prince George’s Stadium, 4101 Northeast Crain Highway, Bowie. $45 (includes the Bowie Baysox vs. Akron Aeros game and a buffet lunch). (202) 357-3030. (Mike Kanin)