Chat with Nomar Garciaparra
Garciaparra was a 6-time all-star and the 1997 AL Rookie of the Year.
Welcome to SportsNation! On Friday, former MLB player, and current ESPN MLB analyst, Nomar Garciaparra stops by to chat about broadcasting this year's Little League World Series. Garciaparra will team with Karl Ravech and Jenn Brown to call Saturday's International and U.S. championship games (ABC, 12:30 p.m. ET, 3:30 p.m. ET) and the World Series championship on Sunday (ABC, 3 p.m. ET).
Garciaparra, a 14-year MLB veteran who finished his career as a .313 hitter, is in his second year of broadcasting the Little League World Series for ESPN.
As a part of the Little League World Series, Garciaparra has joined with Subway to support the Challenger Division of Little League, the division of Little League designed for developmentally and physically challenged kids and their "buddies," those special people who help the Challenger player throughout the game.
Send your questions now and join Garciaparra Friday at noon ET!
Nomar Garciaparra (12:03 PM)
Hi, it's great to be here on behalf of Subway who is a big supporter of the Challenger Division of Little League Baseball and Softball.
Narendra Wicaksono (Wonosobo, Jawa Tengah, Indonesia) [via mobil
Do you think current LLWS players will be better in the future than current major leaguer?
Nomar Garciaparra (12:05 PM)
I think all major leaguers are getting better and better. So, yes, this game is constantly evolving. And the more they play the better they get.
steve (danbury ct)
do you think chinese tapie couldve beat panama, i doand all so what do you think was the beast play in the llws so far
Nomar Garciaparra (12:08 PM)
I think Chinese Tapie had a good chance to beat Panama. The best play was the Japanese left fielder covering 3rd base to complete a double play.
Anthony Gioffre (Washington Township, NJ)
Nomar, I know you never can tell at this age...if there was one kid in this LLWS that you wouldn't be suprised made it to the big leagues, who would it be...aka Todd Frazier from the 1998 Toms River team who is now having a nice season for the Reds.
Nomar Garciaparra (12:09 PM)
Nomar, how did you get involved in your work with the Challenger Division? how rewarding is that work?
Nomar Garciaparra (12:13 PM)
Subway approached me about joining in the support of the Challenger Division. I said, absolutely. It's extremely rewarding seeing the smiles and the joy on these kids' faces. And also recognizing the amazing support they get from their "buddies." This is the special person that helps their Challanger teammate play the game.
What is your favorite Little League memory from your playing days?
Nomar Garciaparra (12:14 PM)
Playing catch with my dad.
Chris Fiegler (Latham,NY)
I Don't if you are a Father, But Have you been a Father in the Little League World Series?
Nomar Garciaparra (12:15 PM)
No, my kids are not old enough to play little league.
Nomar Garciaparra (12:16 PM)
Thanks to everybody who supports this wonderful Challenger Division, such as Subway. And thank you to all who have supported me.