Think the Red Sox could use a solid infielder who bats almost .300? Would they want a guy who had 20 home runs this year? Maybe a clutch hitter who comes up big in playoff games?
There's no way to tell whether history could have turned out differently, of course, but Boston fans can be thinking about it again as Cardinals star David Freese continues to make his mark in the postseason.
Freese, who made a name for himself with some of the timeliest hits in MLB history during last year's World Series run, was very close to playing for Boston, WEEI.com's Alex Speier reports.