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Kevin Youkilis and Ray Allen

Experts predicted it, but we were still blindsided when Red Sox infielder Kevin Youkilis was traded to the Chicago White Sox. (In exchange, we receive Brent Lillibridge and Zach Stewart.) A critical player in Boston’s 2004 and 2007 World Series wins, Youkilis will be sorely missed; days after the announcement, President Obama was showered with boos when he thanked a crowd of Boston fundraisers for the trade. (Clearly the Oval Office wasn’t briefed on the rabidity of Hub sports fans.) Shortly after, Boston Celtics fans reeled from news that star Ray Allen was leaving for Miami — while the wounds from our season-ending defeat at the Heat’s hands were still fresh. (And he’s going for half the salary. Salt, added.) The Celtics signed former Dallas Maverick Jason Terry, and we’re excited to see him gear up in green. But the losses still smart; funny, you’d think we’d be used to heartbreak by now.

_ Stuff Boston