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Nomar Garciaparra on MFB: ‘I don’t know how [Jon Lester's contract situation] is going to fold out’

07.15.14 at 2:22 pm ET
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Former Red Sox shortstop Nomar Garciaparra joined Middays with MFB Tuesday to discuss a number of baseball topics, including the All-Star Game and Jon Lester‘s contract situation. To hear the interview, go to the MFB audio on demand page.

The inability of Lester and the Red Sox to come to an agreement on a new contract continues to be one of the biggest stories of the Red Sox‘ 2014 season.

“I don’t know how it’s going to fold out. Who knows? I don’t know what’s going on in the sense where one day it’s good, one day it’s bad,” Garciaparra said. “Anything can happen from one day to the next.”

Garciaparra added: “I don’t know what’s going on or what’s going on behind closed doors. I know firsthand it’s not always the same. What’s being said and what’s behind closed doors are two different things. That’s stuff to kind of calculate as well.”

Tuesday night will be Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter‘s final All-Star Game before retiring at the end of the season. Like Mariano Rivera, Jeter’s reception is expected to be significant.

“I think it’s one when you send him out there he’ll start, he’ll get an ovation,” Garciaparra said. “I think at some point too, very similar to what Joe Torre did when the All-Star Game was held [at Fenway Park] in 1999 when Jeter took my place at shortstop, was, ‘Go out there, I’ll call you in, get the ovation.’

“I think that could be a moment as well, especially then, because I’m sure it’ll be a long moment too, getting his ovation coming off, that people will take their time and the pitcher has time to stop, wait and get going again. I think that would be pretty cool as well.”

Garciaparra said he’d like to see National League starter Adam Wainwright throw him some fastballs to hit during the game out of respect.

“You’d hope that would happen. I don’t know, the game’s changed a little bit where guys don’t quite think that way anymore,” he said. “I think guys like Wainwright, he gets it for sure. He’s been around a long time. I could see that happening as well.”

Jeter entered the major leagues around the same time as Garciaparra and Alex Rodriguez. The three shortstops were part of a class that brought more power to a position typically reserved for fielding ability.

“I think we brought some recognition to the position,” Garciaparra said. “On the grander scale, you’ve got Cal Ripken obviously being there, Ozzie Smith obviously being there with the glove. But I think the fact that there was so many of us at one time going out there and making an impact both offensively and defensively was what people were focused on so much. It was so cool to be a part of and great to be a part of and brought so much attention to the game.”

Garciaparra added: “[Jeter's] done it for a long time and he’s done it with such a storied franchise and he’s so well-respected as well. I was almost a little shocked though that he announced it but I could also understand, because I figured knowing him and knowing his personality, he wouldn’t want kind of this yearlong tour, same thing with Mariano, but I’m sure he was also thinking, ‘I don’t want to answer this question all year long because I’m sure I’m going to be hounded about it.’ ‘€¦ Good for him, for sure, because he deserves it.”

Garciaparra said he expects Sox slugger David Ortiz to get similar treatment when he decides to retire.

“I think David deserves it for sure,” Garciaparra said. “When he’s ready to hang it up he’ll get the same kind of respect throughout the league because I know he’s well-respected throughout the league as well.”

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