Nomar Garciaparra's tenure in Boston did not end well (though it certainly could not have turned out better for the Red Sox), and his career never fulfilled the incredible promise he showed in those first few years. But time heals all wounds, and the good memories more than outweigh the bad. So this is very cool.
WEEI.com's Lou Merloni reports that Nomar Garciaparra will sign a one-day, minor league deal with the Red Sox and then announce his retirement as a member of the organization. Garciaparra will then commence a career as a baseball analyst for ESPN.
He's not a Hall of Famer. He won't get his number on the right-field facade — at least, he shouldn't. But for five years, he (and Pedro Martinez) provided the hope that, ironically, was finally fulfilled with the pieces for which he was traded. The standing ovation he received upon returning to Fenway last season turned the page on Garciaparra's less-than-optimal departure; this gesture closes the book on a career that burned bright but burned too quickly.
by General Red Sox · 43 comments
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Chess Forum, Thompson Street in the West Village, 3.07.10
by General Red Sox,General Yankees,Miscellany · 16 comments
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Last night's score in the Sox' first real spring training game.
Will it also be:
- The average score of all Red Sox games during the regular season?
- The only runs the Sox will score until 2011?
- The ratio this year of Boston sports media articles discussing the lack of a "big bat" to those discussing how great the pitchers are doing?
- A shorthand description of Adrian Beltre if he takes another hard shot to the groin while not wearing a cup this season?
We report. You decide.
by General Red Sox,Humor,Sox Gamers/Postmortems · 2 comments
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Mr. Glass strikes again?
by General Yankees · 6 comments
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So this is cool.
It is a tool that allows you to overlay a player's balls in play (or a pitcher's BIP allowed) from their home park and overlay it over any other park in baseball. It's a fun tool, but it's rough. It doesn't adjust for the weather conditions at the time of the play, nor does it make any allowance for fence heights, which is pretty important. So it's fun, if not necessarily the end-all of debate.
Still, if you're curious how Curtis Granderson would have done in Yankee Stadium II last season, just pop in the parks and go:
by General Red Sox,General Yankees · 2 comments
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For another year, the Red Sox dodged a bullet and crushed a pair of college teams by a combined score of 21-1. Whew.
Casey Kelly looked good, Jose Iglesias looked good, Boof Bonser looked good. Which doesn't really tell us a whole lot, except that it's better than if they looked bad. The games start "for real" tonight, with Josh Beckett on the hill to defend the Mayors Cup. High drama, indeed.
by General Red Sox,Sox Gamers/Postmortems · 0 comments
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A short while ago, my phone notified me of the first scoring play of the game between the Yankees and Pirates today. I am delightfully surprised by how happy that notification made me.
by General Baseball · 0 comments
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I'm no great fan of David Paterson, and I know the Yanks have business before the State, but, I don't know, shouldn't the Governor of New York be allowed to take his kid to the World Series? Make a call to silence an aide's domestic abuse arrest go away? Definitely not. A couple of October Yankees tickets? Fine, just so long as you don't go all Rudy on the public dime. Matter of perspective.
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"Turning Point" has become sort of joke around these parts. Whether it's the Yankees or the Sox, if you stick around long enough during a game thread you will almost certainly see the words "Turning Point." Comeback win, "Turning Point." Walk off home run, "Turning Point." Well in an article in today's Daily News, Mark Feinsand takes a crack at what he believes might very well have been the "Turning Point" of the Yankees 2009 season.
by General Yankees · 3 comments
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Spring. The splendor of the grass. The crack of the bat. And a whiff of cow's blood.
Commence with the circus. Ugh.
by General Baseball,General Yankees,Steroids · 10 comments
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today's new old scent
sharp sweet musky and floral
they mowed the ballpark
by General Baseball · 2 comments
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You know spring training in Fort Myers is boring the writers when Nick Cafardo spends three pages discussing the biggest non-controversy Boston has ever seen, the departure of Jason Bay.
Seriously. Who cares? The Sox' doctors saw problems with Bay's knee. Bay's and the Mets' did not. Bay got a better deal from the Mets than the Sox were willing to offer. And everyone moves on. Except Nick Cafardo.
by General Red Sox,The Media · 27 comments
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