Trot Nixon signed a 1-year, $3million deal with the Indians today. So officially ends the Boston career of one of the original and best-loved members of the 2003 team that began the wild ride to the first World Series win in our lifetimes.
Sadly, we caught only glimpses — particularly in the last two years — of the kind of player Trot could have been. Injuries limited his playing time and effectiveness, but he was a classy player, a good guy, and immensely talented when he could play. Ultimately, by the end of the 2006 season, most everyone understood it was time for both sides to move on.
Trot richly deserved the three rain-soaked standing ovations he received on the final day of the season. He’ll get at least one more in 2007, and rightfully so.