Baseball Glove

June 8, 2004

Nomar Garciaparra and his employer hadn’t been getting along for months.

And he gave no indication as to when he might be able to play while nursing an injury.

The shortstop, once the face of the franchise, felt taken for granted when the Red Sox went all in on acquiring Alex Rodriguez, and were clearly disappointed when the Yankees got him.

The Red Sox questioned Garciaparra’s commitment to the ballclub when he took longer than expected to return from a right Achilles tendon injury.

Something would have to give.

A few weeks later, it did.

Garciaparra’s passport came by way of a multi-team trade that sent him to the Chicago Cubs, if only for a relatively brief stay.

The Red Sox Orlando Cabrera, a superior fielding shortstop they believed was crucial to their championship chances, and first baseman Doug Mientkiewicz.

The hard feelings lingered. Eschewing any sort of public ceremony, Garciaparra received his 2004 World Series ring from Jason Varitek over dinner.