Memories come flooding back for Nixon

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Memories come flooding back for Nixon

BOSTON Trot Nixon, the original dirt dog, was back at Fenway Park Monday afternoon as part of the Red Sox season-long celebration of Fenways 100th anniversary.

Nixon, who was there to recognize his walk-off home run in Game 3 of the 2003 ALDS off the As Rich Harden, threw out the ceremonial first pitch to David Ortiz.

Great to be back, he said. A lot of emotions.

The emotions of that walk-off win quickly turned in the ALCS when the Sox lost in heart-breaking fashion to the Yankees.

A lot of memories, Nixon said. The biggest thing was winning that championship in 2004. I had plenty of time to be around fans in this area that felt like the organization was cursed and theyre never going to win a championship and to be able to come up out of those ashes and be able to win was awesome.

Nixon, the Sox No. 1 pick (seventh overall) in 1993 who turned 38 in April, hasnt played since 2008, 11 games with the Mets and their Triple-A team. His last big league game was June 28 that season, against the Yankees, when he went 0-for-1 as a pinch-hitter.

These days hes staying close to home in North Carolina where he can coach his sons 11-year-old Chase and 7-year-old Luke. When they get a little older, hed like to think of a job in baseball.

There are plans to possibly bring a minor league team to his hometown of Wilmington, NC, and hed like to be a part of that. He has stayed involved with the Indians organization, where he played 99 games in 2007. He hasnt talked to the Sox about a job within the organization.

I havent pushed that envelope really. I think the biggest reason is I want to be where my boys are, he said.

It was good to see Johnny Pesky, who will be 93 in September, at Fenway on Monday, Nixon said.

It was great seeing him, Nixon said. When you think of Fenway you think of a lot of things. You think of the Pesky Pole. You think of Johnny Pesky, Ted Williams, all those guys. So it meant a lot to me that he was able to be there.

He talked to his former teammate from the 2004 World Series team, Manny Ramirez, recently. Nixon said the thing most people didnt realize about Ramirez, who is in the minors working his way up to the As after serving his second suspension for violating baseballs PED policy, was how hard he worked.

Nixon, though, is content with where he is now.

Moreland, Travis homer to lead Red Sox past Northeastern 9-6 in opener

Moreland, Travis homer to lead Red Sox past Northeastern 9-6 in opener

Mitch Moreland and Sam Travis hit three-run homers and left-hander Brian Johnson started and pitched two scoreless innings to help the Red Sox win their spring training opener, 9-6, over Northeastern University on Thursday in Fort Myers, Fla.

Johnson, who made one spot start in his MLB debut with the Red Sox in 2015 but then was derailed by injuries and anxiety issues last season, struck out three and walked one Thursday. He's expected to start the season at Triple-A Pawtucket, where he went 5-6 with a 4.44 ERA in 15 starts in 2016.

Moreland, the left-handed hitting first baseman signed to a one-year deal after spending his first seven seasons with the Texas Rangers, and Travis, a right-handed hitting first base prospect coming back from knee surgery last season, each hit three-run homers in a six-run third inning.

Pablo Sandoval, attempting to reclaim the third-base job after missing nearly all of last season after surgery on his left shoulder, went 1-for-2 with a double. 

The Red Sox open Grapefruit League play Friday afternoon when they host the New York Mets at JetBlue Park. 

Pedro Martinez talks about one of the greatest games he's ever pitched

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Pedro Martinez talks about one of the greatest games he's ever pitched

CSN baseball analyst Lou Merloni sits down with Pedro Martinez and Red Sox hitting coach Chili Davis to discuss one of Pedro's greatest games. 

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On September 10, 1999 at the height of the Red Sox/Yankees rivalry, Pedro Martinez struck out 17 Yankees in a complete game victory, with the only hit he allowed being a home run to Chili Davis. The two men recall that memorable night in the Bronx, and discuss the state of pitching in 2017.