Nomar Garciaparra, who tonight will make his first return as a visiting player to Fenway Park since being traded by the Red Sox on July 31, 2004, spoke about his appreciation for his time with the Red Sox with John Shea of the San Francisco Chronicle. Garciaparra talked about how he felt connected to the 2004 team that won the franchise's first World Series in 86 years.
"I got my ring for (his time in Boston). I was cheering them on and rooting for them," Garciaparra told Shea. "I was just as much a part of that as anything, although I might not have been there. No one knows all the phone calls I got during it and everything, and that was great. I was calling them back multiple times. The whole thing was to win one for the city. I felt every bit a part of it."
Garciaparra told Shea that he is hoping for a warm reception at his former home ballpark of nine years.
"I would hope so. I always loved them and appreciated (the fans)," Garciaparra said. "They were great to me, and I gave them everything I had there, for sure."
For more on Garciaparra's return, visit the LEEInks blog.
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