Wednesday, December 21, 2005

Red Sox Trade Ramirez To Pacers For Artest

"Or maybe not" - Bird

INDIANAPOLIS, IN (TCR) - The Boston Red Sox and Indiana Pacers worked out a rare inter-sport trade last night, with the Red Sox trading disgruntled slugger Manny Ramirez to the Pacers for mercurial forward Ron Artest, both of whom have demanded trades.

However, officials from both teams quickly released statements saying they had changed their minds.

"After some long and hard consideration, we came to the very difficult and firm decision that the best way to go was to part ways with Ronnie," said Pacers President Larry Bird. "Then we started watching TV and said, 'Eh, nevermind.'"

Ramirez' agent said it was all a big misunderstanding and that his client thought he was demanding a trade from the Texas Rangers.

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