Punto will wear No. 5 for Red Sox

No matter what kind of numbers shortstop Nick Punto puts up for the Boston Red Sox this season, none will be bigger than the one on his back. Punto is wearing No. 5 this season. It’s the number that fan favorite Nomar Garciaparra wore at shortstop for the Red Sox for nine years. Garciaparra was a five-time All-Star and the A.L. Rookie of the Year in 1997. Punto, who signed a two-year, $3 million deal with Boston in the winter after winning the World Series with the St. Louis Cardinals last season, is a student of the game, so the significance was not lost on him. That’s why he reached out to Garciaparra last week. “I’m honored to be wearing Nomar’s number,” Punto said. “I talked to him a while the other day just to tell him how honored I am to wear his number. He appreciated the call.” – AP

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