Nomar Garciaparra to Retire a Red Sox

Nomar Garciaparra is returning to the place where he had the best years of his career to announce his retirement. Sources close to Garciaparra said the six-time All Star would sign a one-day contract with the Boston Red Sox before formally announcing his retirement on Wednesday morning.

The Red Sox have reportedly scheduled a news conference for Garciaparra, who played shortstop for the team from 1996 to 2004. Garciaparra has never been shy about his desire to end his career with Boston, saying last year that he had been dreaming of playing for the Red Sox again. Although his dream did not come true—he spent his last MLB season with the Oakland Athletics—Garciappara would still have the chance to bow out a Red Sox.

Garciappara won the American League batting title in 1999 and 2000 while also helping the Red Sox build the team that would eventually end the so-called Curse of the Bambino in 2004, when Boston rallied from 0-3 to defeat the New York Yankees and win its first World Series in 86 years. Unfortunately, Garciaparra was traded to the Chicago Cubs on trading deadline of that fateful season. However, his teammates still presented him with a championship ring in 2005.