The rumors are true. And so is Sports Center, USA Today and every single Boston-based sports page known to the net. Nomar Garciaparra signed a one-day minor league contract with the Boston Red Sox and then retired. This likely being somehow associated with the criteria to have your number retired at Fenway… but I call that a long shot…
In a vacuum, I think it’s pretty cool. He always said, during all his years in Boston, that he wanted to retire as a Sox. He was really welcomed back to Boston with open arms in his A’s debut at Fenway after a turbulent divorce during the 2004 season which lead to the acquisition of Orlando Cabrera and a World Series Championship shortly thereafter. The only person still mad about shipping Nomar has been exiled to Michigan.
I would expect some more commentary on the topic from the Ballpark’s own overtime baseball analyst, Done.
But, in the meantime, Good luck to Nomar, the man who broke the curse, in his next venture as a talking head for with ESPN. And just for now… lets forget the fact that he probably juiced, like everybody else in the Red Sox clubhouse.
Post Script: Happy Birthday, StartMattCassel’s Mommy!