Garciaparra's a tough call, though. He hit .157 before getting injured this year. When he came to the Cubs last season, he only hit .278/.346/.412 at Wrigley Field. That's not elite level. What can you expect from the guy? Lance Berkman has taken a long time to start producing after coming off an injury, who knows what Garciaparra can do. I was lucky enough to pick up Felipe Lopez at SS. With the way he's hit, it'd be a risk to drop him for the uncertainty of Garciaparra. I actually have a similar situation at 3B, where I picked up Morgan Ensberg for Chipper Jones. Ensberg's been on fire lately. When Chipper comes back, I have to choose between them.
A guy coming off an injury is a risk. I suffered through a lot of at-bats with Berkman this year (in May: .234/.337/.325). Now he's hitting well, with a half-season to go, so it was a good pickup. With Nomar, if he comes back August 1 and slumps for a few weeks or a month, there wouldn't be much time for him to help out your team.
Roger Angell: I was talking with Bob Gibson and I said: 'Are you always this competitive?' He said: 'Oh, I think so. I got a three-year old daughter, and I've played about 500 games of tic-tac-toe with her and she hasn't beat me yet.'