Nomar Garciaparra wanted to reach out to the community and bond with his fans. On Sunday afternoon he was able to, when he, wife Mia Hamm, and twin daughters hosted the first ever "Carne Asada Sunday" after the Dodgers' loss to the Blue Jays. Nomar posed for photos, greeted fans, and sang along with a Mariachi band during the rollicking afternoon.
The event, which benefited the Dodgers Dream Foundation, was attended by 250 of Nomar's most loyal fans. The fans paid $50 for the ability to meet Nomar and Mia, as well as eat their hearts out. In all the event raised $10,000 for the cause. But for Nomar it was all something bigger.
"This is something I did, I remember as a family on Sundays. We would get together, have carne asada and listen to Mariachi music," Garciaparra. "I thought, you know, what a great thing. Come out to Dodger Stadium, have a chance to relax and hang out with the people"With a longer term contract now in place, Garciaparra feels more entrenched in his hometown, and felt it was time to reach out to the community. And while he's been paid millions to play the game, Nomar views himself as an a normal guy - a middle-class product from Whittier who made good by working hard. And on Sunday he was just the normal guy he wanted to be.
"I'm no different than the people who come to Dodger games," he said. "People relate to me, I think, because they recognize that. They see that I go to work, I have a routine, I get there, have some coffee, give it my all, go home to my family and do it again the next day.Nomar's efforts, along with the Dodgers are to be saluted. You really get the impression that he's sincere about his actions, and cares about the fans. And for that it makes the Dodgers all that more easier to root for.
"I want people to know that's how I feel. I'm no better than anybody else."