Get your popcorn ready. Now that former Boston Red Sox shortstop Nomar Garciaparra is retiring - and signing a one-day contract to end his career as a Red Sox - we're about to see a whole lot of bandwagon jumping:
* Watch all the Boston fans who mercilessly trashed him in 2004, and said that getting rid of him is why they won the World Series, pretend that they stayed Nomar fans all along;
* Check out the Beantown writers who slimed Nomar repeatedly over the years pretend that they never wrote the vicious things they once did about him;
* And finally, notice how the Boston Red Sox ownership team will conveniently forget the part they played in trashing Nomar's reputation in the media - feeding negative stories to the press, etc.
Excuse me while I go throw up.
Yes, yes, I know about the awful things George Steinbrenner did to players in his heyday. The difference is that he suffered real consequences for it.
On the other hand, in recent years the Red Sox front office has gotten away with trashing every single star who ever left the team, whether they were traded or left as free agents. Gee, I wonder where all those stories about Jason Bay being an injury risk came from? (Funny how the player who Boston fans once said was better than Manny Ramirez, the man he was traded for, magically morphed into the second coming of Nick Johnson!)
So please, spare me all the tearful "We love Nomah" hosannas out of Boston. The Sox could have simply traded him in 2004 and taken the high road. Instead, they had their minions trash the man who was once the face of the franchise ten ways to Tuesday. And Boston fans could have simply been happy with winning the 2004 World Series. Instead, they spent way too much time pointing fingers at Nomar. Classy!
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