|Nomar was a fan-favorite in Boston before 2004|
The Red Sox gave him a World Series ring anyways, but he couldn't stay healthy for the Cubs, who were more than happy to cut ties with the walking medical bill. After a solid bounce back for the Dodgers, where he played under Grady Little with Bosox cast-offs Bill Mueller, Derek Lowe and, later, Manny Ramirez, in 2006, he won NL Comeback Player of the Year Award and signed a two-year contract for $18.5 million.
But 2006 turned out to be the last gasp of Garciaparra's career. He was already 33, past his prime and injuries had taken their toll. His power disappeared for good and his batting average plunged. Nomar was a shell of his former self, a replacement level player at best plagued by brittle wrists. Aggressive to a fault, he had never been a patient hitter and was now getting himself out far too often. Father Time had caught up with him, and he was quickly fading into the twilight of his career.
|There are no words to describe this|