BURLINGTON, Vt. -
Red Sox and Lake Monster fans were in for a treat Friday night at Centennial Field. Former Red Sox outfielder Trot Nixon was on hand to sign autographs and take pictures. He also threw out the ceremonial first pitch.
Folks couldn't wait to thank the original "Dirt Dog" for being apart of the Red Sox 2004 team that snapped the 86 year championship drought. No matter how much time passes, Nixon will be linked to that team and treated like a rock star because of it.
"I've been out of the game right now and I think this is a testament to how great, how spoiled we were as major league players playing for the Boston Red Sox and it's very flattering," Nixon said. "It means a lot to me, because I was spoiled playing in Boston."
After leaving the Sox in 2006, Nixon played two more seasons with the Indians and Mets. Nixon says being back in a pro baseball setting, even if it is single A, gets the competitive juices flowing.
"I enjoy being on the field. I spend the better part, probably end of February all the way to August first, with my two boys on the baseball field. I love it. I enjoy it. It's a lot of fun," Nixon said. "Now, would I want to be at the professional level? Well, yeah. There are times I'd like to, but I'd rather spend time with my two boys and be around them as much as I possibly can. I'm very fortunate and blessed to have a life where I can do that kind of stuff, so I want to take full advantage of it."
The Lake Monsters won the game Friday over Staten Island, 3-1.