Tonight’s Oakland A’s designated hitter is at Fenway Park, and that is notable because it happens to be Nomar Garciaparra, at one point one of the most popular Red Sox players of all-time. Garciaparra will make his first Fenway Park appearance tonight since he was traded at the 2004 deadline.
At about 4:40 p.m., Garciaparra emerged from the visitor’s dugout and walked behind the batting cage. He walked by a line of fans and smiled and waved at them. Rocco Baldelli embraced him. When Garciaparra reached the Red Sox dugout, he hugged Jason Varitek. They walked down the dugout steps together. Garciaparra was off to hold a news conference, which we’ll recap later.
“There’s a lot that goes into a being a really good player that maybe isn’t always the fairest,” Sox manager Terry Francona said. “But he’s a good kid, and he’ll always be a good kid. I hope they give him a great ovation. And then I hope he hits into a double play.”