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?
Shame on the Boston fans for ever comparing Nomar Garciaparra to Larry Bird. The two should never be mentioned in the same sentence. Larry was a winner and not a whiner. Larry did not play games with the media & fans to try and gather support for himself. Larry didn't complain about the Boston Garden's locker rooms being old and outdated. Larry just played the game and kept his mouth shut. Coincidental or not, he also won championships. Nomar is not even in the same league as Larry Legend.
Deven, Nashua, NH
It's a shame Nomar couldn't block out the media. He was one of the most respected players by the fans. We supported him day in and day out. Thanks media.
jerry g, mudson
My top Nomar moment happened this past July 4th weekend in Atlanta,GA. We were in town to see the Sox and Nomar was the ONLY Boston player to come out and sign autographs before the game. There were thousands of Red Sox fans at Turner Field. After the National Anthem, he turns and walks back to the fans. He walked right to my eight year old daughter and signed her cap. She nor I will ever forget it. He was and always will be her favorite player. I reserve that position for Yaz but Nomar was top five. I really think this trade was bad for the Sox. If you trade someone of this level, you sure expect to get more in return. We'll see.
The sox shouldn't have traded Nomar unless they got a pitcher in return. Also, if Cabrera isn't signed in the off season this will be the worst trade ever. The difference between the Red Sox and the Yankees is clear, and his name is Joe Torre. If the Red Sox were managed by Torre they would be 9.5 games ahead of the Yankees.
Mike , Attleboro
Because "this is the best deal we could make" doesn't mean that it is a good deal for the Red Sox. The current team leadership so mangled the A-Rod fiasco and damaged relations with Nomar to such a degree - they ended up dealing a career .315/22/100 player for two players who would not make a typical Red Sox squad. One can blame Nomar for being sour, but we all can blame the Red Sox organizations for having to settle for two mediocre players in exchange for one of the league's top-10 offensive players. A VERY bad job by Theo and the owners. Amateurs.
Nomar will be remembered for going through an extended slump throughout the 2003 playoffs, the most important two months of his career. If you can't get it done when it counts, what good are you?
It has taken me two days to really absorb what has just happened. Initially I said that it was a decent (not great) but decent trade. I have since re-evaluated my thinking. I am crushed at the departure of Nomar, however people say how unhappy he was and I say that I can't blame him. The management/ownership really dis-respected him in the off season with the A-Rod deal. I will never forget this blockbuster trade and although I will first and foremost always be a BOSOX fan, I all of a sudden like the Cubs much more than I did two days ago. Truly a sad time for Red Sox fans. Nomar will be missed and for the first time it won't kill me if the Cubs win the Series before the Sox (as long as Nomar is in the line-up of course).
Steve, Sioux City, IA
I view Nomar's departure as the beginning of a downward trend for the Sox. My feeling is that the team was playing way over their heads LAST year (in part due to good management), and that brought expectations to impossible levels for THIS year's crew. I view this as an ownership problem. The current ownership, in my opinion, doesn't realize value in loyalty to their great players (and its effect in the club house) and over estimates it in others. From the news and other reports, it doesn't seem to me that Nomar's case was handled professionally with good faith effort to make the situation right. He will be missed by the Sox, not only because his play on the field helped his team win, but because he put people in the seats, exspensive seats at that. Sox fans should demand better of their team's ownership when they ask $o much of us.
Good job Theo. I wouldn't let you manage my nephew's little league team. Trade one of the best all around players in MLB for 2 scrubs and a midget shortstop who, by the way, cost them the game last night. Who wants to play for a team full of under-achievers anyway. D-Lowe is the worst one of them all.....he looks like a 2 year old out there if a borderline pitch is called a ball. He wouldn't even pitch batting practice for the Yankees. Belhorn hit 30 + home runs in Colorado a few years ago, and now is afraid to swing. Gabe Kapler shouldn't even start for Pawtucket. I am now officially a Cubs fan.
Matt, South Boston
I once had tickets behind the Sox dugout and in between innings when the Sox were getting ready to bat again, Nomar came out of the dugout with two bats - one for him, and one he handed to a kid sitting in the front row. No press or publicity on that snippet. All of the contract B.S. aside, I'll really miss Nomar.