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Relive the hour-by-hour madness of MLB's 2014 Trade Deadline with this wild timeline

Hope you didn't blink before 4:30 p.m. EST on the afternoon of Thursday, July 31, 2014 because, if you did, chances are you missed a major trade somewhere in Major League Baseball. The Red Sox, Tigers, Rays, Braves, Cardinals, Yankees, Red Sox, Mariners, Diamondbacks, Nationals, Cubs, Padres, Astros, Marlins, Red Sox, Athletics, Indians and Red Sox were all involved in a flurry of trades as the non-waiver trade deadline came and went. 

Luckily for the rest of us, the Internet is forever and all of the drama that unfolded on Thursday afternoon can be organized into chronological order, complete with typos, errant speculation and valuable timestaps. Relive all of the thrill and agony of MLB's 2014 trade deadline with our handy Twitter timeline.

Leave a trail of bread crumbs so you can find your way back.

First, a blockbuster. Jon Lester and Jonny Gomes were traded for professional home run hitter Yoenis Cespedes

That got everyone's attention, including David Ortiz:

And Sonny Gray:

Lester expressed his excitement:

As did Josh Reddick:

Billy Beane kept things moving 20 minutes later, dealing southpaw Tommy Milone to the Twins for Sam Fuld:

Milone was 6-0 with a 2.62 ERA in his last 11 starts for Oakland, while Fuld has batted .358 in July. He's also very strong on the defensive side of the ball:

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Another solid pickup for Bean and Co.

Now, back to the Red Sox, who were far from done for the day. GM Ben Cherington lit up the interwebs again by trading John Lackey, a Minor Leaguer and cash to the Cardinals for Joe Kelly and Allen Craig:

Yadier Molina was sad to lose his two teammates:

Probably because he won't be treated to this image every day:

Yoenis Cespedes

And then the Brewers and D-backs got involved in the mix. Outfielder Mitch Haniger was sent to Arizona for Gerardo Parra:

Parra was looking forward to his time in Milwaukee:

Haniger is a top prospect in the Brewers system and Parra, a two-time Gold Glove winner, has the second-most outfield assists since 2009. An example of said assists:

The Mariners and Padres also wanted in on some action. Seattle traded right-hander Stephen Kohlscheen and outfielder Abraham Almonte for Chris Denorfia:

Denorfia should add some solid protection for Cano down the stretch:

How's everyone doing so far?

Good.

Let's go back to the National League: The Nationals acquired Indians shorstop Asdrubal Cabrera, sending infielder Zach Walters to Cleveland:

Cabrera seemed a bit lonely sitting outside the clubhouse, but he'll get a warm welcome once he gets to D.C.

Oh, it's been a couple hours already? Time for Boston to make another move. This time they gave up top-notch reliever Andrew Miller to the Orioles for lefty Eduardo Rodriguez:

Miller should be a strong addition for Baltimore. He's compiled a 2.34 ERA and 69 strikeouts in 42 1/3 innings this season.

Ahem ... hold on to your horseheads, ladies and gents. We have another blockbuster ...

Just before the deadline, the Tigers acquired David Price, the Mariners got Austin Jackson and the Rays picked up Nick Franklin, Drew Smyly and Willy Adames. 

Longo was sad to lose his longtime teammate.

And Price, who seemed unsure that he could've even been traded earlier in the day:

paid his respects to only big league team he's known:

Nick Franklin thanked M's fans for their support:

Austin Jackson, who got the news mid-game, left to a standing ovation from the Tigers faithful:

And, of course, a trade deadline couldn't pass without the Yankees making some moves. New York acquired Stephen Drew from the Red Sox (yes, the Red Sox again) for Kelly Johnson:

Soon after, the Bombers traded away Minor Leaguer Peter O'Brien to the D-backs for Martin Prado:

Drew will apparently play second base, while Prado should see time in the outfield:

Although it was past 4 p.m. EST, a couple more deals came through the wires. Houston sent youngsters Jarred Cosart, Enrique Hernandez and Austin Wates to the Marlins for Jake Marisnik, Colin Moran and Francis Martes. 

The Marlins were probably glad that they wouldn't have to face Cosart's curveball again this season:

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Finally, a few minutes later, the Braves acquired Emilio Bonifacio and reliever James Russell from the Cubs in exchange for Victor Caratini:

Like Jackson, James Russell had to leave his team midgame:

It's safe to say, the 2014 trade deadline was one of the wildest of all-time. Now let's see how all these players perform over the final few months.