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Ryan Dempster's light touch admired

Red Sox will miss pitcher's sense of humor, knack for bringing team together

Updated: February 17, 2014, 12:41 AM ET
By Gordon Edes | ESPNBoston.com

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- It's amazing, Boston Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington said Sunday, how you can be around certain players for years yet feel like you barely know them.

Then there are guys like Ryan Dempster.

"I think everyone felt as soon as he walked in the door last winter, and spring training, you just felt like you knew him for a long time,'' Cherington said.

Cherington was trying hard Sunday not to diminish what Dempster accomplished in 16 years of playing ...

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