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New GM Cherington swinging for fences

Ben isn't Theo, but this homegrown New Englander was born to take Red Sox's reins

Updated: November 4, 2011, 9:04 AM ET
By Jackie MacMullan | ESPNBoston.com

During the long, lazy days of summer, young Ben Cherington assembled his trusted friends, grabbed his whiffle ball bat and assumed his stance, demonstrating an uncanny knack for recreating the batting tendencies of each of his beloved Boston Red Sox players.

When the bitter New England winters settled in with a sheet of snow and icicles hanging menacingly over the lip of the roof like winter fangs, Cherington remained undeterred. He moved his performances inside, mimicking the habits of ...

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