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?
Thanks a lot Larry, John, Theo, and most of all, the always positive Boston media. You just got rid an icon for the New England area. Nomah was suppose to be one of those guys, the precious few who play their whole careers with one team. I almost threw up when I saw nomah in a cubs uniform yesterday. You're welcome, cubs fans.
Shawn, Portland, Me
Nomar will go down as an often great Red Sox player. If he makes the Hall of Fame, it will be based on and remembered by his accomplishments with his second team. Thanks for the memories, but it's time to move on. We would have had to moved on in November anyway, so let's do it now.
Steven , Cranston, RI
GO CUBS!! i find myself hating the Red Sox now, and hope they lose, lose and lose some more....I refuse to watch them anymore without Nomar playing. Go Nomar!! you are the best, good luck with everything! oh and i'm 26 years old, not 5....
Nomar was not some evil villain, trying to destroy the Red Sox' hopes. He's just a guy who was frustrated with his bosses and the columnists trying to sell papers by whatever means necessary. That's my opinion, and I will not say one more negative thing about Nomar as long as I live (I've been guilty of it just like everyone else the past 2 seasons). I will cherish the time he was in Boston, and pretend that nothing after the '00 season ever happened with him. Good luck to Nomar in Chicago and good luck to the Sox in '04; it's time to move on.
Timmy C, Chicago
I remember back when the Sox drafted Nomah, how excited the franchise was to have this guy. Hearing his exploits, you knew that he was going to give us a lot to talk about for a long time. For me personally, I remember going to a game with my dad and it was the first time my dad had seen Nomah. Number 5 went back into left field to make an over-the-shoulder catch, and my dad, usually quiet at the Park, shouted "NomahNomahNomahNomahNomah!" I'd never really seen my dad that excited to see any one guy...even Clemens. I also remember bringing my nephew down to the dugout to get autographs, and finally getting Nomah's autograph on a program. No one out there has ever seen a kid so happy. When we went back to our section, my nephew was the most popular kid way out there in Section 2. I understand why the Sox did what they did, but Nomar will always be Nomah...no matter where he is. I understand that Nomah was probably not coming back, that he turned down a more than fair contract and he may play at about 80% for the rest of the year, but he is still Nomah. I hope that Cabrera and Mientkewicz can help bring us a pennant, but one of the main reasons that the Sox have enjoyed ANY amount of success over the last 8 seasons is because of Nomah. I know that this had to happen, but he will be missed. I hope that he tears the cover off the ball at Wrigley, and does for Cubs fans what he has done for us. But more than anything, I hope Cubs fans know that he is Nomah.
My favorite memory is when my dad and I were at the game in, I think it was '97, when Nomar's 30-game hit-streak ended. The ovation was tremendous, and though he's now a Cubbie, it'll be hard to ever think of him as anything but a Red Sox star. I can only hope that when (if) he enters Cooperstown he'll wear a Sox cap.
Ryan, Greenfield, MA
how to write words on the loss of Nomar. As i write this i am still in denial...How and why...how and why? No matter how many times you read the numerous threads on the new realignment on the Sox you get a sense that red sox nation have been cheated out of something that were theirs. Nomar is a fans player, always will be. His personality and lifestyle culminate in everything that is 'great', and for the sox to lose him, it is a sad day. As an Irish fan who adores the sox i feel it is hard to get the real sense of what is happening in the homes of people in Boston because I cannot function correctly over here because there is that question that repeats itself in my mind...why nomar? He will be remembered as a Red sox legend, no doubt about that, but i feel that i wish we could have won something with Nomar as our Short-stop because this move is dogged by feelings of bad will between him and management as he left. No fan wanted to see that happen... Nomar, thanks for the great times and wishing you and your wife every success in your new home town... Killian
KILLIAN , dublin, Ireland
Hopefully, the Red Sox will remember Nomar for what he really is.....a con artist. He made his mind up long before the A-Rod ordeal that he would not re-sign with the Red Sox. I have no problem with that. However, he continued to try and play the victim by claiming he wanted to stay in Boston. He prayed on the fans love for him to make it look like he wanted to stay. The Sox did what they had to do whether people like the move or not.
Oscar, Plymouth, MA
Hopefully this trade will make the red sox a stronger team as we head into the final months of the regular season. It's going to be tough to watch the sox without Nomar. Despite all the hoopla regarding him, he was an all star and an important figure on our team for 7 seasons. He will be missed and I hope nothing but the best. With our luck we'll face the cubs in the world series and he'll hit a home run in game seven to win the series!!! God forbid!!! God forbid!!!!
even i, a life-long yankee fan, am a little sad about nomar leaving boston (although i'd much rather face cabrera or doug whatever his name is in the playoffs, rather than nomar). sox fans should be disgusted with team management -- and francona -- for letting this become such a debacle. they publicly embarrassed nomar and then expected him to be a team guy in the end. such hypocrisy, when they treat players like pawns and not people. i admit the yanks wheel and deal bodies too, but you think you'd ever see the yanks deal away jeter? never. they'd smoothe it out b/c they know a blood yankee when they see one. nomar is/was a blood red sox but none of the boston big-wigs could see it. very sad.
TC, New York, NY