From the Archive – Nomah No More

In case you haven’t heard, the Red Sox beloved former shortstop Nomar Garciaparra announced his retirement today.

Here’s a photo from the archive that any Red Sox fan who followed the team in the late 90s should appreciate. One of the highlights of my first season with the Cubs came at the trade deadline, seeing a flood of new players in the dugout basically overnight. But Nomar in particular was a treat, since I got to see him bring to Chicago all the weird habits and mannerisms that I grew up watching — and imitating on occasion — back in Boston.

I got a kick out of this fan’s sign during Nomar’s first at-bat in a Cubs uniform:

8.1.04 - CHICAGO - Cubs shortstop Nomar Garciaparra adjusts his gloves in his first at bat in a Cubs uniform while the Chicago fans remind him that he isn't in Boston anymore on Aug. 1, 2004.

Of course, the Red Sox went on to win the World Series, breaking the famous “Curse.” I ended up wearing my Nomar jersey through the front office at Wrigley the day after, and then-Cubs president Andy MacPhail had a good laugh about it.

Thanks, Nomar!

8.27.04 - CHICAGO - Chicago Cubs shortstop Nomar Garciaparra starts toward first after making contact on Aug. 27, 2004.

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