It's Revisionist History Night
Former Boston Red Sox shortstop Nomar Garciaparra, who signed a Red Sox one-day minor league baseball contract, blows a kiss to the crowd as he takes the field to throw out a ceremonial first pitch at City of Palms Park, in Fort Myers, Fla., Wednesday, March 10, 2010.
(AP)

And How Can We Miss Nomar If He Won't Go Away?

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36-year-old former Red Sox shortstop Nomar Garciaparra, who rejoined his original team for one day in March, and then retired, ending a 14-year MLB career, nine with Boston, comes back tonight.

Nomar's feelings about not being on the field in 2004 when the Sox won the World Series: "You know I felt like I was [on the field], I really did. Because all the phone calls I was getting from the guys that were there, calling me after they win, after the games leading up and they win in the playoffs calling me on the bus, 'Did you see the game?' And I was calling them as well telling them, 'Congratulations. I'm pulling for you, this is great." So I felt like I was there. I always believe that, I realize something, when I put this uniform on, I've been playing all these years with the Boston Red Sox that us as individuals, as players, you always talk about winning the World Series and being a part of the World Series and in Boston, there's something greater than an individual, me as a player, winning the World Series. When I was there I always realized there's something bigger than us, as players. It's winning the World Series for these people. These people that have bled, cried, cheered over the years. Winning the World Series in Boston is more than an individual player winning the World Series. It was winning the World Series for these people, for the Red Sock Nation."


It Was Just 15 Years Ago ...

2.23.95: Red Sox minor league infielder Nomar Garciaparra makes an unofficial appearance at the Sox camp.
(2.23.95: Frank O'Brien / Globe File)

... When A Skinny Kid with No Attitude Popped Up at Camp


More Red Tape

Nomar's back for a one-day deal
(Jim Davis / Globe File)

... Then Nomar Finally, Hopefully, Throws in the Towel

No Word Yet If Nomar Will Stay Behind the Red Tape Line During Tonight's Ceremony
Reports That Nomar Fractured His Wrist Clipping on the Microphone Are Unconfirmed
Thanks, Beautiful Move By the Sox on Garciaparra, Is This Dr. Charles's Doing?
Mazz: Nomar and the Two Bostons | Gallery: Nomar Through the Years
Mr. 'False Positives' on the Steroid Problem in '04: 'Testing Is Just Not the Answer'
A Reminder to Kids: Nomar's Not a Fan of Signing Autographs
Remember When He Sat Out and Jeter Dove in the Stands? That Was Awesome
The Nomar-Sox '04 Dispute | Real Nomie: 'There's a Track Record' | Your Photos
Globe Archives: Garciaparra Traded | Shaughnessy: In Short, Time for Him to Go
BDD Archives: How to Leave Boston on Bad Terms | Soccer Bomb
Achilles' Heel Is Fine Now | Thanks Blue-tiful

BDD / Mike Briggs Illustration

It's Beating a Dead Horse But ...

BDD - Nomar beating horse 8.23.04
(BDD Photo Illustration / Chris R.)

We're Really Going to Miss Nomar Popping Up Around Here


BDD / James MacLeod Cartoons
(BDD / James MacLeod Cartoons)

"Kids crying all over Boston for a month or two, or maybe some even now still crying at night going to sleep. Nomar was... hey look, I feel it's saad that Nomar's still not a Red Sock. He was the link. Williams. Yaz. Nomar..." -- ESPN's Nomar Delusionist Chris Berman, October 2004


Those Were the Days My Friend ...

(BDD / Steve Kurth Illustration)

We Thought They'd Never End. ... So Long, Garciapopup

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