This afternoon, Nomar Garciaparra signed a one day, minor league contract with the Boston Red Sox in order to retire with his former club. Although Nomar didn't leave the team in the greatest of lights, he did receive a 2004 World Series ring after him being traded ultimately resulted in the Red Sox winning their first Series in 86 years. The media had Nomar pegged as another one of those cancers in the clubhouse. Nomar was the guy that thought he was above the team, the guy that knew he was the only talent around and couldn't even stand on the stage in Boston.
What are you all so happy about? The media's just gonna rip us when we lose anyway - Nomar Garciaparra, to the Boston Red Sox on their bus on the way to Oakland for the 2003 ALDS
Welcome Home Nomah
This past season, Nomar got a standing ovation at Fenway park when he returned in an Athletics uniform. I was also one of the faithful fans that was excited to see the former townie (my friends and I used to watch him drive in and out of the Charlestown Navy Yard when he played for the Sox) back in Boston.
No matter what really happened in the past, whether Nomar was or wasn't that guy, I support this decision. Nomar came up from the system with Boston and was one of those huge names that got the Red Sox noticed when he played here. He may not have left on the best of terms, turning down a few contracts, but he also never played as well with any of his other teams when he left. Congratulations Nomah, we'll see you in a broadcast booth very soon.
Thanks to adm for the photo of Nomar Garciaparra with the Boston Red Sox.