Well, everyone from Buster Olney to Jayson Stark to Dan Shaughnessy give the Sox and Epstein reasonably high, albeit qualified, praise for the Nomar trade. In heavy constrast, Red Sox Nation fans at SoSH shower him with (mostly) unqualified derision. Repeating what I said before, if you eliminate sentimentality from the equation, this deal seems like a potential improvement for the team, and a deal which addresses some of the Sox’ major shortcomings.
Adding sentimentality back in, the deal simply hurts. It is a killer seeing one’s hero (not mine) traded, seeing the guy who inspired the “xxxx’s better” cheer donning the uniform of a forlorn NL club. I understand how bad many Sox fans feel about this deal, but for all the sadness and anger emanating from the fan base there should be a recollection that we all complained when we A) didn’t move Mo Vaughn before he walked, B) didn’t move Clemens before he walked or re-sign him for that matter, and C) didn’t move any of Parish, Bird, McHale before they were unable to achieve the heights of previous years. It should be noted that Epstein can’t be faulted for taking a chance, for moving a player surely bound elsewhere after the season, for using a team’s best available bargaining chip to address glaring shortcomings. It’s just too bad that the best available chip was a fan favorite, one who was caught in the off-season crossfire of failed deals and hurt feelings.
Good luck, Nomar. We hope to see you in the Series, swinging away at first pitches and throwing on the run.