Garciaparra rejoins Red Sox for a day, announces retirement

Six years after he was traded away for the final pieces of Boston's World Series puzzle, Nomar Garciaparra finally got a friendly farewell from the Red Sox.

The rookie of the year, batting champion and All-Star whose trade began a bitter back-and-forth in Boston and, for Garciaparra, an inglorious slide into irrelevance, signed a ceremonial one-day contract with the Red Sox on Wednesday for the purpose of retiring in the uniform of his original team.

“From the first day I had the thrill of putting on a Red Sox uniform and playing in front of all the great fans at Fenway Park, I have felt at home in Boston,” said Garciaparra, who was traded to the Chicago Cubs in 2004.

Garciaparra announced he’s leaving baseball at 36 to become an analyst for ESPN, ending a 14-year career in which he was the 1997 AL Rookie of the Year, a six-time All-Star and a two-time batting champion.