Trot Nixon

The Red Sox play three against the 2nd best team in the AL tonight in the Cleveland Indians.

 

The Indians have some great everyday players, Grady Sizemore, Victor Martinez, Jhonny Peralta and Travis Hafner to name a few. Their pitching is deep too with C.C. Sabathia and up and coming Fausto Carmona (although that 1.35 K/BB ratio isn’t good. Compare that to Josh Beckett’s 3.91 and Daisuke Matsuzaka’s 3.04).

 

The biggest thrill for most Red Sox fans will come tonight when Trot Nixon is introduced. Nixon won’t go down as one of the top Red Sox to ever play but he is widely considered one of the most popular. I tried to put my finger on just why he was and remains so popular and realized it was because he tried hard, was affable and enjoyed being a Red Sox.

 

Welcome back Trot, you are a class act. I just hope tonight marks the beginning of a 3-game mini-slump for you.