June 2, 2003

June 2, 2003 Shea Hillenbrand got to introduce himself to his Arizona Diamondbacks teammates when he joined them in San Diego. His old pal Carlos Baerga, a fellow Red Sox cast-off, telling him he was excited about playing for a club near his home in Mesa, Ariz. He spoke fondly of his Red Sox teammates. His mentor, Johnny Pesky, was sufficiently upset to shed a tear or two and even spoke of resigning. Then Theo Epstein’s name arose, and Hillenbrand’s expression soured. He said he had no qualms about being traded for reliever Byung Hyun Kim – ...

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