ST. LOUIS -- When Trot Nixon was drafted by the Red Sox in 1993, he had a goal. Of course, it was a goal that so many Red Sox players before him hadn't reached, yet he made it his mission throughout his professional career.
The goal, of course, was to win a World Series, something that hadn't been done by any Red Sox player since 1918.
"When I signed, I understood they hadn't won in a long time but that's what I wanted to do," Nixon said.
On Wednesday night, Nixon got his wish -- and the wish of millions of Red Sox Nation faithful was fulfilled as well. With Nixon, the longest tenured member of the Boston organization, leading the way with three doubles, the Red Sox beat the Cardinals, 3-0, to pull off a sweep of the 2004 World Series.
"This is something I've strived for year in and year out," Boston's right fielder said. "I told a lot of the reporters the first day that I signed in '93 that I wanted to bring a championship to Boston."
For Nixon, it was a mission that he was committed to longer than anybody else in the Boston clubhouse. After spending the better part of five years working his way up the minors in the Boston system, Nixon became a regular with the Sox in 1999.
Along the way, the Sox had their share of struggles and heartbreak, all the way through last year's ALCS loss to the Yankees. But Nixon never wavered from his stated goal.
"You've got to work hard, you've got to keep persevering and keep pushing through, and I think that's what this team did so well this year," Nixon said.
Trot Nixon / RF
Weight: 210 lbs
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Yet for Nixon, this was the most challenging year he'd gone through physically. He was limited to just 48 games due to a slight disk herniation in his back and a strained left quadriceps. His availability for the postseason wasn't always secure, but he wound up coming up with a huge catch of a Hideki Matsui liner in the ALCS and putting together his triple-double Wednesday night.
"I was gone a long time," Nixon said. "I wanted so bad to get back with these guys and start playing with them."
Obviously, judging by the spectacular results, this group of players was unlike any that he'd played with in his tenure in the Red Sox organization.
"The organization deserves a lot of props for building this team into what they wanted -- a bunch of gamers, a family-type atmosphere," Nixon said. "That makes it so easy to go to the ballpark every day when you know you've got 25 guys who never have headphones on. On some teams, you've got 25 guys with headphones on all the time, so that makes it difficult. We'd slap them off.
"This was a close-knit group and we stayed that way the whole year."
Ultimately, Nixon had the joy of being part of the Red Sox team that reached the goal of winning a World Series and recognizing a good decade's worth of the struggle it took to get there.
"I'm just so proud of these guys, so proud of the organization, so proud of the front office for building this organization and so happy for our fans that live and die with us," Nixon said.
John Schlegel is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.
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