Personally, I hold OC near and dear to my heart because, of course he was part of our 2004 World Championship team. This is a guy that was part of the double-secret trade that Theo pulled off replacing Nomar on that infamous trading deadline day in July of 2004. OC had some big shoes to fill replacing Garciaparra at shortstop: and he did, stealing the heart of Boston fans old and young when he belted a homer at his first Boston at-bat. Sure, there were a few disgruntled Nomar fans but Boston seemed to embrace OC big-time. How could you NOT love this guy?
Cabrera did not re-sign with the Red Sox in 2005. Apparently his ‘off the field’ behavior was not admirable to the RS FO but I guess he wasn’t a big enough
name in sports to make the headlines with these behaviors so I have no idea what those were. Anyway, he landed a contract with the Angel’s where he earned a Gold Glove in 2007.
In November 2007, he signed a one-year contract with the Chicago White Sox under the helm of Ozzie. Well, in Chicago he did make the headlines with his, let’s just say, opinion sharing
with Ozzie, and some discontent with some pitchers. Oh, we can’t have that in baseball.
So, free-agent Orlando Cabrera, one-time Gold Glover, .274 career hitter signs with the A’s. I definitely see some symmetry there. Good luck OC. I’ll see you on July 6. I’ll be standing and clapping for you.