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Going home

Bill:
One reason why is baseball such a great game is that it is a game where sentiment is embraced wholeheartedly.

 

Mike:
Absolutely. And the sentimentality inherent to baseball is yet anothah of the game's "complementary contradictions."

 

Bill:
So we can go from idolizing a home team hero to "That's why nobody wants to fucking play here" to sulking alone in the the dugout to what occurred yestahday with Nomah's retiahment and it all makes perfect sense.

 

Mike:
As Giamatti put-forth, "The hungah for home makes the green geometry of the baseball field more than simply a metaphor for the American experience and charactah."

 

Bill:
And Nomah is home now.

 

Mike:
And all is right with the world.

 

Comments

Count me among those who was shitting on Nomah in 2004 - hell, 2003 - but it is nice that he came 'home' to retire. I was never the hugest fan, but one has to appreciate how much he did for the team for so long. Respect.

Nomar was never the same after the wrist injury, but I never got the hate for him. Glad to see that he came back to retire in a Red Sox uni. My wife is breaking out the her old #5 shirt today.

Meanwhile, CHB has to get negative...

I don't like to boil players down to just numbers, but: .372. 'Nuf said.

da kine - ditto.


He needed to go somewhere else and get his head straight. It took awhile, but he got there, and I'm glad he wanted to come back and retire as a member of the greatest team.


And re: the embracing of sentiment, the hungah for home, Giamatti's words,... It is my firm belief that if more folks in this great land, all trying their hand at the American Experience, were to settle down with a bag of peanuts and a Coke and watch more baseball - a full season's circle - the metaphors experienced that we oft speak of here - this great land would be the better for it.

Seriously, Bob. 99-00 were awesome years. Exciting times for the Sox (too bad the Yankees decided to be so damn dynastic at the same time...)

I feel that fans need to react to players with not only their hearts but their minds as well (e.g., Manny). Nomar was absolutely the best player on the Red Sox and I loved him from 1997 to 2002. My heart made him by far my favorite player. The only right-handed batter since Joe Dimaggio to win back-to-back batting titles (nuf sed indeed).


But in 2003 and 2004 my mind took over. He had become a cancer in the clubhouse and quit on the team. I completely supported his being traded at the time.


He's not a perfect person as we sometimes expect superstars to be. I'm sure he regrets not taking the $60 mill over 4 years and I bet he regrets his attitude in '04 before he was traded. I strongly disagree with today's CHB article. It is not fraudulent to have changed attitudes over time and it was a great gesture by both the FO and Nomar to heal the wounds and do the right thing. His emotions yesterday were IMO genuine and not fraudulent. Welcome back Nomie.

CHB must be harboring one hell of a grudge over not getting an interview with Nomar back in the day.

Call me jaded. Boston represents the best outlet for Nomar's post-baseball career (endorsements, media, coaching) hence the reconciliation.

CHB wasn't a fly in the punch bowl. he was a giant crusty turd with corn nuggets in the punch bowl.

Just CHB being CHB

The sentiments (pun intended) expressed in this strip demonstrate why baseball is without doubt the most compelling sport.

I hate myself for thinking it, but I was of the same mind as yaz. I think quitting on the team in '03-'04 really soured me. Following LarryE's point, that sourness went from my "head" to my "heart". Wish it weren't so.


Still, I do appreciate the beauty of his late 90's, early 00's performances. So there's that.

I grew up in the '90's in Brookline, and although I did sort of join in the Nomar hate-a-thon in '04 - at least I knew it was time for him to go - I've never forgotten him as the Soxical center of my childhood. We all wanted to wear #5 in Little League, we all spent 10 minutes adjusting our batting gloves and tapping our feet every time we stepped in the box, and we all practiced the glove-spin-throw play on the field, in our backyards, and in our bedrooms.

Nomah was the first truly exciting player on the Sox in my lifetime, and he was truly an icon. Welcome back, #5.

Bob,
Thanks for the clip!! Priceless. Some of my favorite SNL clips are those Fallon clips. My cousins are just like his character.

Abstinence makes the hard grow fonder....wait,that's not right....damn ;D

Hate to say it, but a lot of Sox fans are hypocrites. They turned on Nomar faster than a Beckett fastball, just as they turn on every guy who leaves town or somehow doesn't live up to their ideals. Then later it's "We forgive you" (see Buckner, Bill) followed by, "See what great, classy fans we are?"

It's the part I like least about being a Sox fan (going back to the days of Jackie Jensen).

Hate to say it, but a lot of Sox fans are hypocrites. They turned on Nomar faster than a Beckett fastball, just as they turn on every guy who leaves town or somehow doesn't live up to their ideals. Then later it's "We forgive you" (see Buckner, Bill) followed by, "See what great, classy fans we are?"

It's the part I like least about being a Sox fan (going back to the days of Jackie Jensen).

Hypocrites? possibly, probably, or many of us, well, me, I just change my mind sometimes. We want our players to love the team as much as we do - not a reasonable expectation, but true nonetheless. ref. LarryE above


RIP Merlin Olsen

Agreed w/ Jeff in NC. Not as much hypocritical as fanatical. Fanatical people get ecstatic, flustered, riled up, disappointed, bitter, hopeful and ecstatic in a span of one inning. In the span of 10 years would you expect different?

Guess what I'm holding in my hand? (Other than that.)


Sweet, sweet tickets. Four of the ten are Saturday games this year. And I begin and end with games versus the Skanks. Two -v- the Rays, throw in some Texas, Toronto, Baltimore and the Angels, and Arizona for the interleague rukus.


Plus, they didn't skimp on the pocket schedules this year.


I concur with H.B.'s last panel today.

Merlin Olson pushes Corey Haim off the front page. Since celebrity deaths usually seems to come in threes, who's next?

Merlin Olson was always good at pushing daisies.

If we count Boner from Growing pains then Merlin is #3.

Boners always count...

Boner is Chekov's son.

Nomar will always be stand up guy in my eyes. While I was in Iraq, my wife and two young daughters went to Sox-O
s game at Camden. Pre-game, they were yelling his name wanting autographs. Little groupie next to them points out his pregame routine and says they'll never get his attention. He comes right over and autographs their sign that said, "Support our troops, including our Dad" AND two balls. You can imagine the morale boost when one of these balls shows up in a care package. You've always been part of my family Nomie.

Bob, I got mine today too. They sent them by UPS all the way to Shrewsbury last night...just to drop them off about 4 miles down the road from the ticket office...LOL.


Sweet, sweet tickets...it's starting to feel like spring.

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