It has been nearly five years since Nomar Garciaparra played at Fenway Park, his home from 1996-2004. Garciaparra became one of the most popular players in Sox history before they traded him to the Cubs in ’04. He’ll come to Fenway as a visitor for the first time today as a member of the Athletics.
“That’ll be strange,’’ Garciaparra said in April when the Sox played at Oakland. “I look forward to it, just because of the fans and to see some old friends and everything. I always loved the fans, and that city will always have a special place in my heart.’’
Garciaparra faced the Sox for the first time in that April series. He went 1 for 4 with a solo home run and a walk. For the season, Garciaparra is batting .257 with two homers in 31 games.
For a look back on Nomar’s career in Boston, check out our photo gallery: Nomar Garciaparra through the years.
(Excerpted from today’s Red Sox notebook by Adam Kilgore)