Wednesday, December 14, 2005
"Not long after Sox slugger Manny Ramirez put a ''For Sale' sign on his plush apartment on the 37th floor of the Ritz-Carlton, a couple of desperate diehards launched KeepManny.com. Well, with the departure of shortstop Edgar Renteria, it was only a matter of time before someone in Red Sox Nation started an online petition to bring back Nomar Garciaparra. Voila! The site -- www.Garciaparra.com -- hit the Web yesterday morning. ''The Sox are so PR conscious that if there's an outcry, maybe they'll bring him back,' said the site's co-creator Steve ''Dakota' Happas, an equity options trader from Braintree. ''Sure, there was some bit of bad blood when he left, but maybe enough time has passed.' Happas started the site with his friend John Fanning, a huge Sox fan who bought the domain name way back when. As a courtesy, Happas said, he spoke with Nomar's uncle Victor Campos before launching the site. ''He didn't rule [a return] out,' said Happas. ''But he said if it's going to happen, it wouldn't be at shortstop.'"