Garciaparra, who is of Mexican-American descent, was born in Whittier, California and attended St. His father Ramon is often cited as a big help in his son's development as an athlete.When Nomar was a young boy, his father stressed the importance of not striking out, offering him 25 cents for each hit in tee ball, and fining him 50 cents for every strikeout.
; born July 23, 1973) is an American retired Major League Baseball player and current Sports Net LA analyst.
In 1996, he found himself at the highest level of the minors playing for the Pawtucket Red Sox in Triple-A, though he did make a brief appearance (5 games) in Rookie ball for the Gulf Coast League Red Sox in a rehab appearance.
In Triple-A and with the added muscle, Garciaparra really came into his own, batting .343 with 16 home runs and 46 RBI in just 43 games, and earning a late season call up to the Major Leagues.
After playing parts of nine seasons as an All-Star shortstop for the Boston Red Sox, he played third base and first base for the Chicago Cubs, Los Angeles Dodgers, and the Oakland Athletics.
He is one of 13 players in Major League history to hit two grand slams during a single game, and the only player to achieve the feat at his home stadium.