Wednesday, July 23, 2008
Happy Birthday, Nomar!
When the photograph above was taken, Nomar celebrated his 29th birthday by smashing three home runs in a 22-4 Boston rout over the Devil Rays. The date was July 23, 2002. With those dingers, he also became the 26th player to hit five round-trippers in two games. Garciaparra put up some really good numbers with the Red Sox, at the plate and with the glove at his natural position of shortstop. However, after leaving the Sox, his climb to super star staus just didn't seem to continue to materialize. You can see him these days wearing 'Dodger Blue', and trying to put together a good 2nd half season after being plaqued by injuries earlier in the year. His Dodgers, under new managerJoe Torre, are only one game back of Arizona in the National League West, although neither team is over .500 for the season.