Upon seeing this photo of Nomar Garciaparra in 2009, is there any doubt in your mind that his frail figure is that of a deflated post steroid injecting individual?
I will freely admit, during Nomar's days as a member of the Boston Red Sox, I was ignorant.
I defended Nomar, and strongly disagreed with anyone who even implied that Nomar may have dabbled with performance enhancement.
Nomar was everyone's favorite Red Sox player for years, and his face was the icon for the team.
In hindsight, Nomar's juicing couldn't have been more obvious. He was part of a "rare breed" of shortstops, a group that could play the position of a traditionally smaller man, yet put up the offensive numbers of a power hitting first baseman or outfielder.
With what we've learned about Alex Rodriguez and Miguel Tejada, that "rare breed" was bred with one ingredient—steroids. And we'd be naive to think Nomar is any different.