// Nomar Garciaparra

Arrivederci, Julio: Lugo Designated for Assignment

Really bashing a professional athlete in print always reminds me of what Kurt Vonnegut said about literary criticism — it’s as though you’ve just put on full armor and attacked a banana split. Which is a great image, unless you’re particularly fond of banana splits, what with the ice cream and banana pieces plastered all […]

Nomar Returns, Sox to Send Five to All-Star Game

This past week saw some exciting events from the All-Star selections to return of a Fenway favorite for the first time in nearly five years. The Red Sox had a complete homestand this week as they finished their series against the Mariners and had visits from the Oakland Athletics and the Kansas City Royals. The […]

Wakefield Makes a Rookie Appearance, Ortiz Can Finally Hit?

Introducing a weekly a column taking a look at the top five sports events this past week that left us all asking the question “Did that just happen?” In no particular order… Celtics Sign Rasheed Wallace Surprise! Well, maybe not, but the Celtics have assured the rest of the NBA that they are able and […]

A’s Win in Nomar’s Return

The A’s made it a nice homecoming for Nomar Garciaparra in his big return to Fenway. Oakland made it look easy, controlling every aspect of the game en route to a 6-0 win. Rookie pitcher Brett Anderson pitched a complete game and held the Red Sox to only two hits, a single each to Jason […]

Nomar Garciaparra, A’s Visit Fenway

Nomar Garciaparra returns to Fenway Park for the first time since 2004, now with his third team since leaving Boston in the deadline deal. The Red Sox visited Wrigley Field in 2005, but Nomar was hurt (shocking!) and they were in Oakland earlier this season when Garciaparra went 1-4 in a start and walked in a pinch hit […]

Rumored Leak of 2003 Steroid List is Most Likely Fake

Update, (07/30/09): Ortiz, Manny named on 2003 list In news that is spreading like wildfire, the 2003 list of the 103 MLB baseball players who tested positive for steroids has been potentially leaked to the public. Rotoinfo.com posted the story this morning and it has been the talk of the town all day. The biggest problem […]

Nomar Helps A’s Beat Red Sox

Nomar Garciaparra last played for the Red Sox in July 2004 before he was traded to the Cubs in a four-way deal that brought Orlando Cabrera and Doug Mientkiewicz…and eventually a World Series Title to Boston. From August 2004-April 2009, Nomar had never faced his former team, until Monday night. The former Red Sox All-Star […]

Nomar to Return with A’s

Desperately in need of a right-handed batter that hits well against left-handed pitching, the Oakland A’s signed former Red Sox shortstop Nomar Garciaparra to a one-year deal. Garciaparra, 35, was reportedly contemplating retirement. In his injury-riddled 12-year career, Nomar has played over 140 games just five times. Nomar was a mainstay at short for the […]

Red Sox Move on without Manny Ramirez

What a week!  We had a sweep at the hands of the Angels before they added Mark Teixeira (I know he played in the finale, but the Angels won five of the six games in the past couple weeks without him).  The Manny Ramirez saga played itself out with Jason Bay coming to Boston and immediately […]

Fantasy Wrap-Up: Week 16 (7-14 – 7-20)

With the All-Star week taking place, the number of games played was limited. The fantasy week started last Thursday which could have been an advantage or a handicap. In Yahoo! leagues, the minimum innings pitched requirement was waived which made for some interesting head-to-head outcomes. Those seeking to find out who prospered in the limited […]

MLB: Speeding Up Games, Good or Bad?

In late May, Major League Baseball asked its teams to reinforce rules that pertain to speeding up the games. A nine-inning game in 2008 is averaging 2 hours, 51 minutes, 42 seconds. Just five years ago, games were 5 1/2 minutes shorter than they are today. Many people view longer games as a growing epidemic […]

Why I Hate Opening Day

First, I want to get it out of the way, I am a Red Sox snob and a die-hard one at that. I feel entitled to that team as if I am on a different level in my relationship with that club. But I am, indeed a real Red Sox fan. What does that exactly […]