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Return to normal won't be easy

Mending fences won't be easy in both Boston and Texas, if the Alex Rodriguez deal is really dead.

Originally Published: December 24, 2003
By Sean McAdam | Special to ESPN.com

Dead? Let's save that for Marley in "A Christmas Carol," who was "dead ... dead as a door nail.''

Maybe it will take the Munchkins, scurrying out from their hiding places in Oz, to officially declare the Manny Ramirez-Alex Rodriguez deal "most sincerely dead,'' as if a house had landed on it.

For now, let's take everybody at their word, a dubious proposition at best. Let's assume that this time, the trade really is dead.

Now what?

There's fence-mending to do for ...

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