On the evening of Monday, May 28th, The Nation will have its first opportunity to thank Christopher Trotman Nixon for everything that made him one of the most beloved players in franchise history. He was home-grown, plucked out of a North Carolina High School, and pegged as a no-miss all-around athlete. While he never achieved super star status, he gave us some of the most memorable moments in recent years.
Chief among these was a toe-to-toe confrontation with Roger Clemens in 2000. After trading verbal barbs, Trot stepped in and calmly lifted a game-winning two-run HR into the Bronx night. When he came back to Fenway, he launched another 2-run shot after being bathed in the crowd's adulation. Oh, and he went 3 for 4, driving in 2 of the 3 runs in the final World Series win in 2004.
So, when he steps into the Fenway batter's box in that strange visiting garb on May 28th, let your heart and soul speak for you.