(Globe and Wire Photos, and BDD Photo Illustrations)
Cowboy Rides Off into the Sunset
(He'll Be Missed Around These Parts)
''These were the greatest three years of my entire life playing baseball," he said. ''Playing for the Red Sox, playing for Boston, that city, those fans. And that's 100 percent from my heart.
''It's sad, of course. I don't think there is anyone that did more laughing, more winning, more competing than this team, and who would believe that it is over.
''I don't think people will realize until these guys are gone what they were like, a good group from 1 to 25 that knew how to win on a daily basis." -- 12.8.05, former Red Sox first baseman Kevin Millar