Nomar Garciaparra, another veteran of an acrimonious parting from the Sox, tells Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times that he empathized with Ramirez's contention that the Sox tried to paint him as the "bad guy" on his way out of town.
"There's a lot of truth to what he said," Garciaparra said. "I can definitely understand and relate. Maybe he'll be next to me [in an adjacent locker], and we can chat and laugh about it."
Garciaparra was traded by the Sox at the trading deadline in 2004, after talks broke down over a contract extension, and after the Sox tried trading for Alex Rodriguez, with a deal to send Garciaparra to the White Sox for Magglio Ordonez in place.
"Manny said he didn't want to leave there," Garciaparra said. "I didn't want to leave there. . . . Were we the only ones that have gone through it? There's a track record. I played with Mo [Vaughn]. I played with Roger [Clemens]."