When Nomar Garciaparra was in his prime, he could be expected to hit at least .300 with 20 homers and 100 RBIs. A six-time All-Star, the shortstop became a Boston legend and one of the marquee players throughout Major League Baseball.
Prime. It is also the designation by the USDA for the top two percent of all beef, reflecting the highest degree of marbling for optimum tenderness, juiciness and flavor. Smith & Wollensky is a legend among steakhouses, known for its succulent, prime steaks that are dry-aged for 28 days to further intensify the flavor before house butchers create their cuts.
Those two legends have come together, and this is where you come in. Enter the Filet of Dreams Sweep-Steaks, presented by Smith & Wollensky, anytime between now and Sept. 11 and you have a chance to win a trip and dinner with Garciaparra at one of Smith & Wollensky's two Boston locations, the historic Castle at Back Bay or the expansive Atlantic Wharf eatery, now in its first full summer on the waterfront.
The winner gets to bring along three guests, will receive paid travel to Boston and hotel accommodations for three days and two nights.
"Smith & Wollensky is thrilled to partner with MLB.com to make such an exciting evening possible for one lucky person, their guests and the baseball legend," said Matt King, executive chef/national director of culinary development for Smith & Wollensky. "It will be an honor to prepare the meal to complement this momentous dining occasion."
Visit MLB.com/smithandwollensky for entry details or like Smith & Wollensky Atlantic Wharf on Facebook, then enter for a chance to win.
"It's great that fans have people they can enjoy and watch play," Garciaparra once said.
You can't watch him play anymore, but you can enjoy his company. Ask "Nomahhh" about his role in the Red Sox-Yankees rivalry, the Derek Jeter comparisons or the 2004 trade to the Cubs right before the reverse of the curse. All the while you can feast with him on such signature dishes as the Oscar Style Filet Mignon, Bone-In Rib Eye, Beef Carpaccio on a Himalayan Salt Block or Tuna Steak Niçoise.
Smith & Wollensky originated in New York in 1977, and now the restaurant group operates nine other iconic locations around the country. "You've Arrived" is the trademarked phrase for these restaurants. Here are two Prime examples of attractions that arrived in Boston and became legends. Now you can join them both.
Mark Newman is enterprise editor of MLB.com. Read and join other baseball fans on his MLB.com community blog. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.