Nomar Garciaparra

Nomar Garciaparra


7/23/1973, Whittier, CA

Birth Name

Anthony Nomar Garciaparra



Also Known As

Nomar Garciaparra, No-mah
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Anthony Nomar Garciaparra is an American baseball player who currently plays shortstop for the Los Angeles Dodgers. He previously played first base and third base for the Dodgers,and short stop for the Chicago Cubs,after several years as an All-star shortstop for the Boston Red Sox. His full name…more


Trivia and Quotes

  • Trivia

    • Garciaparra is the cousin of Arturo Javier Ledesma, a Mexican soccer player who currently plays for Club Deportivo Guadalajara.

    • Garciaparra uses the song "Low Rider" by War as his entrance music when he comes up to bat.

    • Nomar gets his last name Garciaparra from his fathes last name (Garcia) and his mom's last name (Parra) mixed together.

    • Nomar Garciaparra and his wife Mia Hamm had two twin girls on March 28,2007 and thier names are Grace Isabella and Ava Caroline.

    • Nomar was originally drafted by the Milwaukee Brewers in 1991 in the fifth round, however, he instead went the play for Georgia Tech's Yellow Jackets.

    • Nomar was known as "Glass" in high school due to his brittle appearance and slender physique.

    • Nomar was just the sixth player ever to be unanimously voted American League Rookie of the Year.

    • Nomar's brother, Michael Garciaparra, is also a ballplayer. As of the 2006 season, he is an infielder with the Tacoma Rainiers (the AAA team for the Seattle Mariners organization).

    • Nomar graduated from St. John Bosco High School in Bellflower, California in June, 1991.

    • Nomar holds the unofficial record for most home runs and highest batting average on a player's birthday. Alex Rodriguez has the second most home runs on his birthday.

    • Nomar made his Major League Baseball debut on August 31, 1996 for the Boston Red Sox.

    • Nomar is a six-time MLB All-Star (1997, 1999, 2000, 2002, 2003, and 2006).

    • For the Cubs, Nomar wore the number 5, although for his first game as a Cub he wore the number 8 because catcher Michael Barrett already wore the number 5 on his jersey. He and Barrett then swapped numbers.

    • Nomar is known for his idiosyncratic "tics" when batting-- which includes an elaborate routine of glove adjustments and alternating toe taps on the ground prior to an ensuing pitch.

    • When making defensive plays, Nomar throws from a sidearm motion. This motion is often coupled with a seemingly off-balance running stride, which looks inefficient and even injury-prone, but which produces a throw with surprising accuracy and high velocity.

    • When Nomar joined the Dodgers in 2006, he joined other former Boston Red Sox players Bill Mueller, Derek Lowe, and manager Grady Little.

    • On October 8, 2005, Garciaparra and his uncle Victor Garciaparra were alerted to the screams of two women who had fallen into Boston Harbor outside his condominium. One of the women sustained injuries to her head after hitting the pier on her way in. Nomar Garciaparra quickly jumped into the harbor and saved both women, who were taken to the hospital.

    • Garciaparra was traded from the Red Sox to the Chicago Cubs in a four-team deal, in which the Red Sox acquired Orlando Cabrera and Doug Mientkiewicz.

    • Nomar replaced John Valentin at shortstop for the Boston Red Sox in 1996, even after Valentin finished ninth in MVP voting in 1995. He batted .241 with 4 home runs, 16 RBI, and 5 stolen bases in his initial stint with the club in 1996.

    • In February of 2001, Garciaparra appeared on the cover of Sports Illustrated, with the headline "A Cut Above... baseball's toughest out". The week after the issue hit newsstands, Garciaparra reported to spring training with a serious wrist injury, which essentially aborted his season.

    • Nomar was a first round pick (12th overall) of the Boston Red Sox in June, 1994 following his college career at Georgia Tech.

    • On November 22, 2003 Nomar married Olympian soccer star Mia Hamm.

    • Nomar was part of the so-called "Holy Trinity" of shortstops that debuted in the mid '90s, which also included Alex Rodriguez (now a third baseman) and Derek Jeter, who were considered the best shortstops in baseball.

    • Nomar played shortstop for the Boston Red Sox from 1996-2004.

    • When he was traded to Los Angeles from Chicago he switched positions from Short Stop to First Base.

    • On the last Spring training game of 2006 Nomar got injured so he missed the first couple games of the season.

    • Was traded from the Chicago Cubs to the Los Angeles Dodgers.

    • He was named Nomar because his father's name is Ramon which is his named spelled backwards.

    • Nomar Garciaparra got traded from the Boston Red Sox to the Chicago Cubs just before 4 p.m. on July 31, 2004.

  • Quotes

    • Nomar: People expect you to play your best, so I go through a routine to prepare myself so that I know I'm physically and mentally ready - prepared for the game.

    • Nomar: People expect me to go out there and play my best. They pay their money to see that.

    • Nomar: People ask me if my shoes were too small when I was a kid and I say it wouldn't matter how fight my shoes were, I just liked that feeling of them being in there. That's how I started tapping my toes.

    • Nomar: People are going to make comparisons and they can do that but I'm definitely not going to compare myself to Derek Jeter.

    • Nomar: Often times, I'm kind of waiting for the pitcher to pitch. I don't try to do it to throw their timing off.

    • Nomar: My feeling is if I'm swinging well I'm going to hit anybody; if I'm swinging poorly anyone is going to get me out.

    • Nomar: My attitude is that I don't pay any attention to pitchers.

    • Nomar: Listen, I don't know what you're talking about. I play for the Red Sox now. We're going to start our own tradition here. And you can talk about us in years to come.

    • Nomar: It's great that fans have people they can enjoy and watch play.

    • Nomar: I never modeled myself after anyone as a kid.

    • Nomar: You know it as soon as you walk in Yankee Stadium. The electricity is there every time, every day.

    • Nomar: When I go home, my mother still makes me take out the garbage.

    • Nomar: That's basically what I'm doing when I'm tapping them - getting my toes to the end of my shoes.

    • Nomar: My inspiration was the game itself,not any individual player in it.

    • Nomar: I love the game of baseball.

    • Nomar: Back then my idol was Bugs Bunny, because I saw a cartoon of him playing ball - you know, the one where he plays every position himself with nobody else on the field but him? Now that I think of it, Bugs is still my idol. You have to love a ballplayer like that.

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  • Cool... but he's still Nosemar.

    Nomar Garciaparra is a... well.... special man. From the way he looks like he's killing a bug when he gets up to bat to his freakishly LARGE nose area, he can't be beat in the palin creepy section. How did he get Mia Hamm?

    I've said what I've had to say. I can't believe he left the Red Sox.