Top Nomar moments and his place in Sox lore
After one of the most historic trades in modern Red Sox history, Nomar Garciaparra is now a member of the Chicago Cubs after an 11-year tenure with the Sox organization. Tell us your favorite memories of Nomar and how you think he'll be remembered in this town?
With this SOX ownership they will never win the world series.I'm happy bcuz I'm a Yankee fan.
When is this town going to realize that Nomar was one of the most selfish players in Red Sox history. He was always about himself. No question, he was a great player who most likely will end up in the Hall of Fame. But his actions over the last two years proves he was not the "Team" player everyone assumed he was. He had no intention of re-signing with the Red Sox whether people want to believe it or not. When you turn down $15 million a year you are basically telling everyone that you plan to take your talents elsewhere. I don't begrudge him for that because he certainly has the right to be happy. But what bothers me is that he continues to tell the media that he likes it in Boston and expected to end his career here. That's a bunch of crap. Admit that you hate it here and I would have more respect for you.
Dickie, South Portland, Maine
I for one have never been a Nomar fan, I am criticized all the time because I am a HUGE Red Sox fan, however...last season when they clinched the Wild Card when Nomar was walking from Shortstop to the team he had his hands raised in the air and his mouth wide open, you could see how excited he was at that point. A lot has changed since he couldn't even stand up with his team during the game in New York last month! Good Riddance!
Thank you Nomar. Shame on you John Henry, Larry Lucchino, Tom Werner, Theo Epstein... Current ownership has just cemented their place in Red Sox history. But then again, so has Nomar. I still firmly believe that in another 20 years- there will be a #5 up there next to all the other greats. It is sad in a way, but they just have given my son more reasons the root for the Cubs (Todd Walker was the other reason- stupid letting him go as well...). Go Cubbies. My boy got his new CUBS hat yesterday... Good luck Nomie... Come on back if you ever get the chance. Hopefully the evil ownership group will have lost their shirts by then... So that you can have yours back.
Jon, Concord, NH
I always imagined that Nomar would end his career in Boston, and take a lap around the field on his last game, (ala YAZ). But alas, in today's game of baseball that is hardly ever the case. I will always beleive that Nomar brought a whole group of Red Sox fans back to this team (after the tough years of the early 90's and the defection of Clemens), and for that we should forever be grateful. Goodbye #5, you are one of the good guys......
Like No. 21. It will take a special player to wear No. 5 again for the Sox
First, let me start with the positive aspects of Nomar's tenure. He was a great hitter who played hard every game. He was a throwback who the fans could attach themselves to because of his work ethic. Now the negatives. He was a habitual complainer who despite what anyone claims hated playing in a town where everything was scrutinized. He quit on this team and was a cancer in the clubhouse. Just because a guy plays hard doesn't mean he is a team guy. Nomar forced the Red Sox to trade him and then has the audacity to look into the camera and claim that he always thought he would retire with this team. He's a hypocrite. Sometimes the truth hurts. I know a million young kids are heartbroken in Boston due to this trade but I think they need to be told the entire story about this guy even if it hurts.
KC, Revere, MA
It amazes me and annoys me that so many Red Sox fans feel terrible about losing a guy who had already made his mind up a long time ago that he would not re-sign with this team. People forget that this guy turned down a $60 million dollar contract long before the A-Rod fiasco started. He was never going to stay in Boston. The A-Rod crap was just a way of him painting the Sox as the one's who forced his exit. He still has the audacity to tell the fans in Boston that he never wanted out of this town. He's a liar !
Derek, Andover, Ma
My wife took me to my first Sox game while we were dating in April of '02. I had recently moved to Somerville and, even though she wasn't a particularly big Sox fan, she snagged tickes for the two of us. On that chilly night in Section 1, I was immediately in love with everything the Sox had to offer: Fenway, The Monster, the fans. Late in the game, the Sox trailing 4-1, Nomar came to the plate, and the crowd responded, craving a late-inning rally. My wife leaned over to me and asked, "I've heard of this guy...what is he known for?" At that moment, on a first-pitch fastball, *POW*, he sends one sailing onto Lansdowne Street, and Fenway goes ballistic. I turned to my wife, "THAT! That's what he's known for!" I still have a picture I shot with the disposable camera I brougt, of a tiny speck in a white uniform rounding third. I thnk Nomar will be remembered as a guy who "plays the game right" by performing well on the field, practicing dilligently, and maintaining a positive presence in the community by donating time and money to worthy causes. Boston was lucky to have had him and watched him grow into the player he's become. While the business end of baseball may have claimed another victim - embittering both player and management - I think he'll be missed by The Nation.
David , Arlingon, VA
Nomar is gone because the Sox tried unsuccessfully to rid themselves of Manny. And even though Manny can drive you nuts, he's not a cancer....just the best RH hitter in baseball. A Manny for A-Rod swap would have necessitated (or would it?) they move Nomar because they'd have had two SS. When the deal fell through they were left with one unhappy SS. Its easy to see both sides. The Sox were willing to spurn one of the best and most popular players in their history for one that was a clearly a better all-around player, but is A-Rod that much better to make worthwhile to have a another bitter divorce with our best player? Its like having a pretty wife that makes you happy, but thinking that you might be a little happier with a supermodel who was willing to move in with you. Nomar had a right to be upset. He had done nothing to deserve it and always played hard. But, the A-Rod thing never happened. The Sox never actually slept with the supermodel. Nomar needed to get over it and realize he'll never have it better than he had it here. The Nation needed Dr. Phil to get involved last winter!!!