LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. – Derek Lowe watched some of Nomar Garciaparra’s retirement press conference before pitching one painful inning against the New York Mets today after suffering a blood blister on his right foot.
Former teammates, Lowe, starting his second season with the Atlanta Braves, was happy to hear Garciaparra was hooking on with ESPN as an analyst.
“Everyone has to have that talk with himself at some point in their career,” Lowe said. “I know I never want to be that 11th guy on a pitching staff. At some point we all have to make that decision.”
While Lowe admitted the three-team deal which sent Garciaparra to the Cubs was good for the team at the time in ’04, Lowe said, “He had to be bitter about it. He’d been such a huge performer for the Red Sox, won batting titles and to be with the team until August and then get traded – that has to be tough. But he had a great career for that short period of time.
“But good for him. He seemed happy with his decision and he’ll do a good job with his new career,” Lowe said.