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Baseball great, Trot Nixon, was born on April 11, 1974 in Durham, North Carolina. Nixon currently plays for the New York Mets. He is best known for plaing for the Boston Red Sox from 1996–2006. He was drafted by the Red Sox in the 1st round of the 1993 amateur draft, and was the seventh pick overall. Trot Nixon bats and throws left-handed.
Trot Nixon had a career-best year in 2003 when he batted .306 with 24 doubles and 28 home runs. In game 3 of the American League Division Series, Nixon was called from the bench as a pinch hitter in the bottom of the 11th. With the Red Sox facing elimination, Nixon lined a two-run homer over the center field wall for a 3-1 Boston victory.
Trot Nixon is considered the inspiration for the expression "Boston Dirt Dogs". The signature is that of a "scrapper", a player who hustles and isn't afraid to get dirty to win a game.
On October 1, 2006, with two outs in the fifth inning of the final game of the season, manager Terry Francona replaced Trot Nixon in right field with rookie David Murphy. Knowing Nixon might be playing his final game with the Sox, the fans delivered a grateful ovation to Nixon as he ran off the field. Said Nixon, when asked if it was difficult playing what may have been his last game for the Red Sox:
Following the 2006 season, Nixon was not offered salary arbitration by the Red Sox as the team pursued and eventually signed free agent J.D. Drew, coupled with the fact that Boston had a fourth outfielder, Wily Mo Peña, on the roster.
Trot Nixon played for the Cleveland Indians in 2007. In January 2007, Nixon signed a one-year, $3 million dollar contract with the Cleveland Indians. Instead of going with the number 7, which he wore during his entire career in Boston, Nixon chose to wear number 33. The decision was made in part by his son Chase, who chose the number based on the fact that Nixon will turn 33 years of age in April.
In February 2008, Trot Nixon signed a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training with the Arizona Diamondbacks and was subsequently sent to their Triple-A affiliate the Tucson Sidewinders.
On June 13, 2008, Nixon was acquired by the New York Mets from the Diamondbacks for cash considerations and a player to be named later. The Mets acquired him to take the place of injured outfielder Moisés Alou. He was added to the Mets roster on June 15, replacing outfielder Chris Aguila who was designated for assignment. The same day he was activated Nixon started in right field against the Texas Rangers going two for three with a double, two walks a stolen base and one run scored.