Wednesday, May 28, 2008

A nation turns its lonely eyes to you...

With plenty of teams struggling to score runs in 2008, why on earth is Trot Nixon languishing in the minor leagues?

Nixon had something close to a legendary career in Boston, where fans loved his skill set almost as much as they loved his heart, his honest play and hustle. All over the Internet you can find a list of the career highlights of the man that became the poster boy for the Red Sox 'dirt dog' era.

Trot Nixon - Man. Myth. Legend.
  • A game-winning, two-run homer in the 11th inning of the deciding Game 3 of the 2001 AL Division Series against Oakland.
  • A ninth-inning, two-run home run at Yankee Stadium on May 28, 2000, for the only runs in a duel between the Yankees’ Roger Clemens and the Sox’ Pedro Martinez.
  • A three-run double off St. Louis’ Josh Marquis in Game 4 of the 2004 World Series as the Sox completed a sweep of the Cardinals.
  • A ninth-inning grand slam off Turk Wendell in Philadelphia on Sept. 1, 2001, to help the Sox rally for a crucial, 13-9 victory. He had a career-best six RBI in the game.
  • A three-homer game in 1999 against Detroit, the first Red Sox player to achieve that feat since Fred Lynn in 1975.
  • In 2003, Nixon batted a career-best .306 with 28 home runs and 87 RBI.
So why is Trot playing minor league baseball? Nixon is hitting .302 for the Sidewinders with 25 RBI. He hit his seventh home run of the season Sunday in a 6-4 loss to Sacramento.

When asked basically that very question, the man himself had this to say;
“You can ask why all day long, and you may never find the answer, you just keep plugging away and doing what you can to help the team win ballgames, and let that decision be made by other front offices.”

This blog suggests the Detroit Tigers are a team that might benefit from Trot's combination of power and veteran leadership.

At the end of the day however, Nixon's lot in life isn't that bad. I assume he has a few dollars saved up from his years with the Red Sox. He is playing a game every day for a living, and he has a myriad of great memories from his time in Boston, including a sparkly World Series ring. Not exactly a horrific living, if you can get it!


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