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'Idiots' back at Fenway for homestand opener

BOSTON -- When the Red Sox open their homestand on Wednesday night against the Braves, there will be a nostalgic feeling during pregame festivities.

This will be the 10-year reunion for the beloved 2004 team, which snapped an 86-year World Series championship drought.

Many of the characters who made up the beloved "idiots" will be on hand, including Manny Ramirez, Johnny Damon, Pedro Martinez, Kevin Millar, Keith Foulke, Derek Lowe, Jason Varitek, Tim Wakefield, Trot Nixon, Gabe Kapler and Orlando Cabrera.

For a refresher course, why did the 2004 team refer to themselves as idiots?

Allow Damon -- who coined the moniker -- to explain.

"Everyone calls themselves an idiot every now and then, but the whole [idiots] thing was just saying that we didn't care what happened to these teams of the past," Damon said.

Lowe is looking forward to seeing some of the teammates he literally hasn't crossed paths with in a decade.

"Some guys, I still haven't seen to this day," said Lowe in an interview last year. "You go from such a close-knit group to getting off the float, and you shake hands and off you go."

Ian Browne is a reporter for Read his blog, Brownie Points, and follow him on Twitter @IanMBrowne.
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