Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Nomah

Nomar Garciaparra signing a one-day deal with the Red Sox brought a smile to my face today. I remember watching him with his OCD batting glove antics and amazing skills. I also remember the crisis of faith we had when Theo Epstein traded him away during the 2004 season. Nomar and Red Sox were synonyms, but then he was a Red Sox no more. Of course, that year the Sox broke the curse, which helped erase the pain of losing Nomar. I thought it fitting that they included him as part of the team that got a ring. Then I watched him play on the Cubs, the Dodgers, and the As. Every time I waxed nostalgic about that amazing 2004 season.

Faithful: Two Diehard Boston Red Sox Fans Chronicle the Historic 2004 Season

However, there was a lingering fear. Nomar isn't the first player to be synonymous with the Red Sox. The Rocket (Roger Clemens) himself used to call Fenway home. Then he went to the Yankees and we disowned him. He finished with the Yankees, which is probably fitting. Don't even get me started about Johnny Damon. The Yankees were not going to get Nomar (Derek Jeter is pretty good), but the manner of his leaving made me wonder if he might have hard feelings and/or not relish in the association.

Today Nomar calls it a career in Red Sox style. It gave me warm fuzzies to hear about it. The urban dictionary entry for Nomah also gave me warm fuzzies.