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No Mo' Nomah

I'm glad to see Nomar come back to the Sox for a day to retire. I always loved the guy and I'm glad there are no hard feelings after he was cast aside in 2004. Frankly, he just wasn't the right fit for the Sox anymore - though it's tragic to me that he couldn't win a championship with the team.

Garciaparra was a mesmerizing player to watch. Seemingly out of control in the field with is off-balance, side-armed throws. Always balanced at the plate, hitting pitches in and out of the strikezone on a line all over the field.

The man had 684 at bats as a rookie - 29th all time for a single season. It's what you get when you bat leadoff and swing at everything.

That same year he had a career high in hits (209), hit 11 triples, 30 homers and drove in 98 - again, batting leadoff. It was the start of a dynamic, explosive career. The next year he drove in 122 runs. Then he hit .357 and .372 in 1999 and 2000. Alongside Ichiro, he looked at one point like the best chance we've had in a long time to see a .400 hitter.

Then, after a good 2003 campaign (.301, 28, 105, 13 triples), it fell apart. He only played 38 games for the Sox in 2004 before they traded him. He never again played more than 122 games, stole more than 3 bases, or hit better than .303.

On top of the statistics, he was an icon. His name was his dad's name reversed. He won the College World Series for Georgia Tech alongside Jason Varitek and Jay Payton. He married the beautiful soccer superstar Mia Hamm. He played the game in his own almost-out-of-control way which was at times both maddening and brilliant to watch.

We'll miss you Nomaahh.

Comments

Anonymous said…
Dude- That analysis of Nomar's career was spot on! Some of your best work Yogi!
Mike B

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