The team signed Garciaparra to a one-day, minor league deal so that the 36-year-old veteran of 14 years could fulfill a dream.
“I’ve always had a recurring dream to retire as a member of the Red Sox,” he told the media.
Garciaparra will join ESPN as a baseball analyst and appear primarily on Baseball Tonight, but will also serve as an occasional game analyst.
“From the first day I had the thrill of putting on a Red Sox uniform and playing in front of all the great fans at Fenway Park, I have felt at home in Boston,” Garciaparra continued. “While I had the privilege of playing with other legendary teams, I always saw myself retiring in a Red Sox uniform. Today, I am honored to live that dream thanks to Mr. [John] Henry, Mr. [Tom] Werner, Mr. [Larry] Lucchino, Theo [Epstein], and this wonderful organization. I thank my family, friends, teammates, fans and all who have supported me throughout this wonderful journey.”
Garciaparra played his first nine seasons with the Red Sox and
hit .323 with 178 homers and 690 RBIs in 966 games played. He was
traded to the Cubs during the 2004 season and has made stops with the
Dodgers and A’s since. The longtime fan favorite is retiring with a .313 career batting average, 229 homers and 936 RBIs.
“Nomar will always hold a special place in Red Sox history and in the hearts of Red Sox Nation,” said principal owner John Henry. “His accomplishments on the field and in the community place him among the greatest players to wear a Red Sox uniform. We are very appreciative that Nomar is ending his career where it began.”
Garciaparra never forgot about the Red Sox, even when he wasn’t playing for them.
“We are pleased that Nomar Garciaparra feels such an enduring pride in, respect for, and connection to the Boston Red Sox and Red Sox Nation,” added president/CEO Larry Lucchino. “I believe I can speak for our entire organization and our passionate fan base and say those sentiments are mutual We feel the same pride, respect and connection to Nomar. Welcome home.”
Watch NESN at 8 p.m. ET on Wednesday night for a special edition of Red Sox Classics from May 10, 1999, when Nomar Garciaparra hit three home runs (including two grand slams) and drove in 10 runs against Seattle.
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