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Welcome Home, Nomar Garciaparra

Posted on: March 10, 2010

Thanks for taking us back, Nomar. Red Sox Nation never stopped loving you. We mourned when you got traded. We wanted you to get a World Series ring. We followed your career, injury after injury, and wished life was different. Yet in the end, in spite of being let go and left out by the owners and GM, you still love us, and love the Red Sox life and lore as much as we do. And today, I’m sure I’m not the only one who cried tears of joy to see you come home, to stay.

I wish I was following the lectionary in my preaching this week, because the Gospel story is about the prodigal son. I think there’s something in the Nomar story that connects somehow. He’s the father, not the son—the one whose love persists in spite of rejection, scorn and abuse; in spite of seeing his fortunes lost and his prosperity ended; in spite of harsh judgment by youth who acted as though his hard work and contributions no longer mattered. Yet still he loves, practices grace and forgiveness for past hurts, and yearns for reconciliation and to be a part of the family again.

Ok, it’s not a perfect allegory, but there’s still something there. And #5 is back in the family, reunited with us, so we can all enjoy the party.

We love you, No-mah Gah-cia-pah. You belong in Boston, in a Red Sox uniform, at Fenway Park.

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4 Responses to "Welcome Home, Nomar Garciaparra"

Nomar!
I’m glad to say I’ve introduced your blog at RevGalBlogPals this morning. Welcome to the ring!

Welcome to RevGals! As a UCC Member in Discernment (and, under the skilled tutelage of my partner, a Red Sox Fan in Discernment), I have to say that I enjoyed your latest post immensely.

The Red Sox are the most theological team in baseball! Always glad to find other UCC connections and members of Red Sox Nation. Thanks for reading and commenting.

Just wanted to say welcome to RevGals…and as a displaced Red Sox fan in the Midwest, I am loving reading your blog, especially this post. Cool!

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I am a full-time pastor in the United Church of Christ, mother of a young child (B.), married to an aspiring academic and curmudgeon (J.). I live by faith, intuition and intellect. I follow politics, football and the Boston Red Sox. I like to talk about progressive issues, theological concerns, church life, the impact of technology and media, pop culture and books.

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