Wednesday, December 07, 2005

Garciaparra Signs With Marlins As INF/Mascot

New "Nomarlin" Character To Be Developed

DAVIE, FL (TCR) - Following up our exclusive report on the Marlins trading away mascot Billy the Marlin (see related story), The Calapai Report learned that the Marlins have offered a contract to former Chicago Cubs shortstop Nomar Garciaparra.

Garciaparra will be asked to fill a utility role for the Marlins, playing any position except pitcher and catcher, as his agent specified.

He is also expected to serve as team mascot in early innings while he waits to spell players like Robert Andino. He will not be portraying Billy the Marlin, who was traded to Clevlenad earlier this week; rather, a new mascot named "Nomarlin" will be created.

Team officials acknowledged Garciaparra might be rough around the edges. When asked what he would tell young children at Marlins games, he replied, "Tell the little (expletive) not to turn down sixty (expletive) million dollars."

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