I've been calling for the Red Sox to let Pedro go since last season (and NOT because of Game 7 of the ALCS) but to this day I think that the Red Sox need to keep Nomar.
One of the reasons that I love him:
A month ago, the Globe ran a story profiling a group of homeless men who like to watch the Sox every night at the Pine Street Inn. The fellows were watching the game on a 17-inch TV in a second-floor common room. After the story ran, several folks donated tickets to the fellows. Some even offered to improve the TV situation at the shelter. Yesterday, social worker Eileen O'Brien confirmed a rumor that a new television was being sent over to Pine Street -- courtesy of Nomar Garciaparra. This was done without fanfare, without press releases. It was done because it was the right thing to do. Discovery of the good deed was entirely accidental.