Our Trot Trades His Beloved Red Sox....And We Love Him!
From the Globe blog, today about our rightfielder. And then a bunch of my thoughts. Rightfield will be "Trot's territory." Until someone else makes it his own.
Nixon to Indians
By Steve Silva, Boston.com Staff
"The original dirt dog is now an Indian.
ESPN's Peter Gammons reported today that former Red Sox right fielder Trot Nixon has agreed to a one-year contract with the Cleveland Indians for $3 million. The Red Sox had elected not to offer salary arbitration to Nixon, a Type B free agent, who was paid $6.5 million last season. Nixon hit .278 in his 10 seasons with the Red Sox and hit 133 home runs while driving in 523 runs.
One of Nixon's biggest hits in a Red Sox uniform was an 11th inning walkoff home run on Oct. 4, 2003 as the Sox beat the Oakland A's 3-1 to avoid elimination in their best-of-five AL playoff series.
"All the home runs you hit in your career in the regular season don't mean much unless you start hitting some in the postseason," said Nixon after the game winner. "This is what you play for."
Nixon, a Fenway fan favorite, was with the Red Sox organization for his entire professional career before becoming a free agent at the end of the 2006 season. He spent the last eight years as Boston's starting right fielder, though he had been plagued with a series of injuries over the last few seasons.
"I am confident I am going to get a job,'' Nixon was quoted as saying in yesterday's Wilmington Star. "I can't have what is going on with free agency consume me.''
"I am confident I will be with a team next year,'' Nixon said. "Where, I don't know. My mom asks, 'How are negotiations going? Are there any negotiations?' I'm like, 'Nothing.'"
Peter here, and we KNEW this would happen while our Red Sox were busy concentrating on Boras(s) and his JD Drew. A mistake? No way I can tell you that. Will Trot be missed? For those out there who are knowlegeable Sox fans, well, you know the answer to that!
BEST OF LUCK, GOOD HEALTH Trot, and I hope that in your first time playing "your rightfield," our crowd will stand, and cheer, and give you what you deserve. I KNOW I will. And during the season, when it will become inevitable that Wily Mo Pena will play in right, try not to laugh as he fumbles and bumbles with all the angles at that "Pesky Pole' corner.
Best of everything. You always will be our true Dirt Dog.