Nomar Garciaparra was one of the best and most popular players in Red Sox team history before he was traded on July 31, 2004. On Wednesday he announced his retirement after signing a one-day contrac with the team. He also said he's joining ESPN as a baseball analyst.
"I just can't put it into words what this organization has always meant to me. It's my family, the fans -- I always tell people Red Sox Nation is bigger than any nation out there. I came back home, and to be part of Red Sox Nation is truly a thrill," Garciaparra said.