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.