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Six Months Ago: The Nomar Trade

Monday, January 31, 2005

I can't believe I almost missed it. Six months ago today, all Cubdom was ecstatic. Jim Hendry, deity, had just pulled off a tremendous trade to bring Nomar Garciaparra to town.

Six months later, Jim Hendry, deity, just pulled off a... umm... trade to get rid of Sammy Sosa.

Unfortunately, I can't put the tremendous label on this trade. Moreover, if the figures and personnel who are rumored to be a part of this trade are correct, I think the label 'craptacularly bad' might be a bit more apt.

Anyhow, with a winter's worth of depression setting in on an incredibly stressed out student who just wants to experience sunshine again... I'm taking the easy way out and re-running the majority of what I wrote that beautiful July day when Nomar came to Chicago.

Excerpt from: Nomar Analysis
by: Byron Clarke, TheCubdom.com
"Just Sayin..." July 31, 2004


From time to time I have a little difficulty figuring out how to express myself eloquently, but today is one of those times when eloquence is not needed... its just too good to be true.

I have 37 million thoughts running through my head on this trade, but I am going to try and slow down long enough to make them coherent. Its been 4:44 minutes or so since I woke up, and checked ESPN.com to find that the Cubs had not done anything at the trade deadline... or so I thought.

My roommate was in town, helping to clean the carpet in our apartment, which we are moving out of in a 11 days, and he is only a half Cubs (casually interested, but also roots for the White Sox, not a huge baseball fan) fan. He was asking me what I thought about the Cubs lack of a trade, and I said dejectedly... "I was hoping they would do something, but unless they were going to trade for Nomar or Cabrera, any other trade they are gonna do can happen as a waiver deal. I don't really want Cabrera, because to get him the Cubs would have to overpay... and to get Nomar, I don't want to give up Clement, plus... its Nomar, he's not actually going anywhere."

Ten minutes later, my phone rings, and my best friend Chris yells something that sounded a little like

"Noooomaaaaaaaaahhhhh!!!!" a pause, "Nomar, Nomar, Nomar, the Cubs got Nomar!"

To which I reply, "Holy (Byron has developed a potty-mouth at college)! Are you kidding me? You're kidding me!"

"No, the Cubs got Nomar!"

"Did they give up Clement? They didn't give up Clement did they?" (pleading) "You're kidding me right?"

"No, I am not joking, they didn't have to give up Clement either!"

"Holy (Byron has really developed a potty-mouth at college)!"

"They sent Alex Gonzalez and some minor leaguers to Boston for Nomar! It was a four team deal!"

"!!!Uh-Oh, which minor leaguers... they're not all the same, was it Guzman, Brownlie, Pie? Not Sisco?" I worried.

"Uh, I think Brownlie was involved..."

Anyhow, the conversation went on like that for about 5 minutes before we started looking for the actual facts. When we did find out what happened, I was even happier. Bobby Brownlie remained a Cub, so did my other prized prospects, and Matt Clement was stickin around Chi-Town for a crack at the World Series.

There is a bit more to the original post if you want to check it out.

Posted by Byron at January 31, 2005 9:51 PM | Bookmark and Share | BallHype: hype it up!
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