Stump for Nomah
A few years back, like a big idiot I proclaimed that the Cubs had acquired the second-best shortstop of the organization's history and nothing but good times and sunshine awaited us. Then the team imploded in September - completely missing the playoffs in the process - and, the following year, Nomar Garciaparra's groin tried to make a runner and left him incapacitated for the bulk of the '05 season.
Since Nomar left the Cubs, he's gone on to do ... eh, not a whole lot. What once looked like a Hall of Fame career quickly nose-dived into mediocrity, and at the age of 35 Nomar became a backup in the Dodgers clubhouse last year.
Now with just a few weeks to go before the hitters report to Spring Training, the Cubs remain deficient of a backup shortstop and Nomar remains without a job. Sounds to me like it's a match made in heaven. Garciaparra can be the go-to guy to spell Lee, Ramirez, and Theriot and become the team's top RH option off the bench.
The questions in this scenario are numerous, though. Would he take a backup role? Would he be capable of pinch hitting? Would he stay healthy even as a backup?
I obviously don't know the answer to any of those questions, but I'll acknowledge that Rich Aurilia wouldn't be a bad alternative option. He's still hitting the ball well at his late age and he's a career .278 batter as a pinch hitter. Thing is, I have a feeling that Aurilia is still holding out hopes to start next year while Nomar is on his last leg as a professional. It's just a thought, anyway, but I am the guy who used to think Nomar was The Next Ernie, and we all know how that bloody disaster turned out.
Update: Apparently Andy Dolan had the same idea back on the 2nd of Feb. In his own words, "I was just trying to throw Kurt Evans off the scent so he wouldn’t steal this as a blog entry four days later. It didn’t work."
Except I haven't been reading Desipio - or any blog - in a while, so this one can be filed under coincidence ... unless you're paranoid. A note to Andy: if I'm going to steal ideas from you, I'll at least make sure that they're good ones. Nomar to the Cubs would be fun, but not necessarily sensible.