Trot Nixon as signed with the Indians.
I know there are some people out there who won’t care, who don’t appreciate the tried and true Red Sox player we are losing. I know he’s had injuries and his numbers have seen better days. I will still be a Nixon fan, even if from afar in Red Sox Nation. I’ll still be wearing my #7 jersey this year, even if he will not be on our field. Iwill always keep my ball in a place of honor.
Some highlights: via Wikipedia
“In the deciding game of the 2004 World Series, Nixon laced a two-out, two-run double off the right field wall at Busch Stadium in St. Louis in the top of the third inning to give Boston a 3-0 lead. Those were the last runs scored by either team in that game as the Red Sox swept the Cardinals for the team’s first World Series title in 86 years.”
“Nixon remained in uniform and in the dugout with the rest of the team during the game. Most players don’t go even to the ballparks when they are officially on disabled lists. When teammate Gabe Kapler…hit a long fly ball off of the Green Monster, the umpires ruled it a double. Nixon lept off the bench and argued with such passion that Kapler’s hit had been a home run (television replays confirmed…(it) should have been ruled a two-run homer) that he was ejected from the game – a rare feat for a player on the disabled list”
Words from his last game as a Red Sox, 10/01/2006:
“There were a couple of times — my first at-bat and coming out of the game. It really was, because this is the only organization I’ve ever known. There was definitely a couple of times out there that I did want to break down. I really did care about this organization. I did care about this town. I think this town has been unbelievable for my family and me. Absolutely unbelievable. I think there’s a lot of guys in this organization who feel the same way.”