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Sunday, September 24, 2006

Nomar's back and so is L.A.

Not 20 minutes ago, a co-worker and I were discussing who should be the National League Comeback Player of the Year. We both drew a blank.

Two minutes after sitting back down at my desk, it hit me. Nomar Garciaparra.

For the second time this season, the former all-everything shortstop and Boston sporting icon launched a game-winning grand slam. This time, though, it came in yet another must-win game for the Dodgers.

That makes twice in a week Garciaparra, now a first baseman, has saved L.A. On Monday, he capped possibly the most exciting single-game comeback in baseball history with a walkoff homer. Six days later, he may have saved the Dodgers' season.

The 2 1/2-game deficit the Dodgers would have faced if they had not defeated Arizona would have been almost insurmountable with only six or seven games to play. Instead, L.A. remains in the thick of the NL West and NL wild-card races.

All thanks to a castoff All-Star shortstop who has been reborn in the City of Angels.


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