Appeared in 124 games, batting .275 with 29 doubles, 13 homers and 67 RBI...missed 22 games while on the D.L. with a left oblique strain July 27-August 23...sustained the injury on a 3rd-inning swing July 26 at Tampa Bay...a
.293 hitter with 11 homers and 50 RBI in
89 games before the injury, Trot batted
only .229 (27-for-118) with 2 homers
and 17 RBI in 35 games the rest of the
way upon his return.
ROAD, SWEET ROAD: A lifetime .290
hitter at Fenway and a .270 hitter on the
road in all or part of 8 big league seasons into 2005, Nixon batted .321 (69-for-215) with 8 long balls and 37 driven in on the road, while managing to hit just .223 (43-for-193) with 5 homers and
30 RBI at Fenway Park.
YANKEE KILLER: 4 of his 13 homers and 23 of his 67 RBI came in his 19 games against the Yankees...had no more than 2 homers and 7 RBI against any other
WHY SO DEFENSIVE?: Was charged with one error 249 total chances in 124 games in right field...had 8 outfield assists, 2nd to Manny Ramirez (a league-high 17) on the club.
HEROICS: Trot's 8th career grand slam capped a 5-run 7th and gave the Red Sox a 6-3 win May 14 at Seattle...the game-winning blow came off J.J. Putz...delivered a walk-off RBI single off Danys Baez with 2 outs in the bottom of the 9th, lifting the Red Sox to a 7-6 win over Tampa Bay on August 30.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS: The left-handed swinger hit .299 (93-for-323) with 12 homers off righthanders and .224 (19-for-85) with one homer off lefties...batted .307 (31-for-101) with runners in scoring position and .367 (18-for-48) with men in scoring position and 2 outs...batted .313 (15-for-48) in close-and-late situations...batted .215 (20-for-93) from September 1 through the end of the season.
MORE 2005 HIGHLIGHTS: Went 2-for-4 with 2 RBI April 9 at Toronto...May 1 at Texas, hit
a 2-run double to cap a 4-run 5th in a 6-5 win...was 2-for-4 with a 2-run double and a 2-run homer in a 13-5 win May 9 vs. Oakland, part of a 6-game stretch in which he went 11-for-21 (.524) with 3 doubles, 3 homers, 10 RBI and 4 runs scored May 9-16...May 28 at Yankee Stadium, went 3-for-6 with a homer and 5 RBI in a 17-1 Red Sox win...batting leadoff for the only time in 2005, went 2-for-4 with a walk and 2 runs scored in an 8-0 win June 19 vs. Pittsburgh...homered in 3
straight games and knocked in 9 runs June 10-15...hit his first career inside-the-park home run July 15 vs. New York (AL)...the liner to center was hit just beyond the reach of Melky Cabrera, scoring 3 runs in a 17-1 Sox victory...in a 15-2 win September 20 at Tampa Bay, finished
a double shy of the cycle, going 4-for-6
with a triple, a home run, 3 RBI and 4
runs scored...down 3-2 in the 5th, delivered a go-ahead 2-run double off Daniel Cabrera to key a 6-3 victory September 23 at Baltimore.
IN THE POSTSEASON: Went 3-for-11 (.273) with a run scored and an RBI in 3 games vs. Chicago in the American League Division Series.
Was limited to just 48 games because of a slight disk herniation in his back, then a strained left quadriceps...still, batted .315 with 9 doubles, 6 home runs and 23 RBI...opened
the season on the disabled list with the
aggravated back as well as the strained quadriceps suffered during rehab, missing 63 games before being reinstated June 16...completed a rehab assignment with Single-A Sarasota (one game) and Triple-A Pawtucket (5 games) before returning to the Sox June 16 and homering in his 2nd at-bat in Colorado, belting a 4th-inning 1-1 offering from
Jason Jennings into the right field seats...went on to hit .273 with 3 homers and 13 RBI
in 29 games before the quad forced him back to the D.L...missed 39 games before returning to appear solely as a pinch hitter for 4 games, going 0-for-4...in his 15 games (12 starts), Trot hit .435 (20-for-46) with 8 multi-hit efforts, 5 doubles, 3 homers and 10 RBI to close out the regular season...batted .400 (20-for-50) overall after his 2nd stint on the D.L.
IRON MAN: Prior to his injury-plagued 2004 campaign, had appeared in at least 123 games
in each of the previous 5 seasons from 1999-2003...averaged 136.2 games a season in
that span, spending time on the D.L. just once when he strained his right hamstring and
had to miss nearly a month of action in 2000.
PINCH ME, I'M DREAMING: Smacked his first-career pinch-hit homer September 14, a 2-run shot off Tampa Bay's Travis Harper...finished the year with 3 pinch hits in 11 at-bats, one more than his previous career total of 2...drove in 5 runs as a pinch hitter
IN A ROW: Hit safely in a season-high 9 straight games July 16-24, batting .364 (12-for-33) right up to his 2nd stay on the D.L....grounded out in a pinch-hitting appearance September 7 vs. Oakland in his first game back to snap the streak.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS: Batted .336 (45-for-134) against righthanders while going 2-for-15 (.133) against lefties...compiled a .343 average (24-for-70) at Fenway Park...was 2-for-3 with 4 RBI with the bases loaded...when leading off an inning, hit .378 (14-for-37) with 4 doubles and 3 home runs.
IN THE POSTSEASON: Batted .255 (13-for-51) with 4 doubles, 8 RBI and 5 runs scored in 13 post-season games...went 2-for-8 with 2 RBI in 2 games in the ALDS vs. Anaheim...was 1-for-5 with an RBI single in a 4-run 9th to help ice an 8-3 victory in Game
2 at Angel Stadium and 1-for-3 with an RBI single to start the scoring in the 3rd in an eventual 8-6, 10-inning series-clinching win in Game 3 at Fenway...appeared in all 7 games of the ALCS against the Yankees, batting .207 (6-for-29) with a double, a homer, 3 RBI and 4 runs scored...was 2-for-5 with a double, a homer, 2 RBI, and a run scored in Game 3 at Fenway, taking Kevin Brown deep with a man on in the 2nd inning...hit .357 (5-for-14) with 3 doubles, 3 RBI and a run scored in the 4-game World Series sweep of the Cardinals...after going 1-for-7 in Games 1 and 2 at Fenway, was 1-for-3 with an RBI in Game
3...singled home Bill Mueller to give the Sox a 2-0 lead in the 4th...went 3-for-4 with 3
doubles and 2 RBI in the championship-clinching Game 4...with the Sox up 1-0, ripped a
bases-loaded 2-run double on a 3-0 pitch from Jason Marquis to give the Red Sox a 3-0 lead and close out the scoring.
In his 5th full season, topped
his previous career bests with a .306
average and 28 homers, while knocking
in 87, the 3rd season in a row he's hit at
least 24 homers and knocked in at least
84...had 3 homers and 25 RBI in 46
games through May but slammed 25 long
balls and knocked in 62 in 88 games the
rest of the way, including 17 homers and
41 RBI in 48 games in June and
July...was one of 3 Red Sox (with Manny
Ramirez and Bill Mueller) but only 5 players
in the A.L. (with Alex Rodriguez and
Carlos Delgado) to rank among the top
10 in the A.L. in both on-base percentage
(.396) and slugging (.578)...his
.974 OPS (on-base + slugging) ranked
4th in the A.L. behind only Delgado,
Ramirez and Rodriguez...appeared in
only 5 of the last 18 regular season
games due to a strained left calf.
A CHECK OF THE LEADERBOARD: Ranked among A.L. leaders in on-base percentage
(tied for 7th at .396) and slugging (5th at .578)...his 2 grand slams tied for the A.L. high,
while his average of one homer every 15.8 at-bats ranked 8th, and his average of an RBI
every 5.1 at-bats tied for 6th...was the 2nd-hardest player to double up in the A.L. behind
Ichiro Suzuki, bouncing into 3 double plays in 441 at-bats, one every 147.0 AB's.
STREAKS: Collected 2 hits in 5 consecutive starts April 27-May 3, going 10-for-22 to
lift his average to .344 from .309...turned the trick again in 4 straight games June 1-
5...drove in at least one run in 8 straight games (12 RBI total) May 30-June 7...homered
in 3 straight games June 4 (DH) and June 5, in 4 of 5 games June 4-7 and in 5 of 8 games
June 4-11...also went deep 3 games in a row July 2-5 and July 29-31...between July 23
and August 3, hit 7 homers in 11 games.
HAPPY HUNDREDTH: Hit his 100th career home run in game one of an August 8 doubleheader
vs. Baltimore...the 6th-inning 2-run shot off Rick Helling made him the 24th
player to hit 100 home runs in a Red Sox uniform.
HEROICS: Snapped a 4-4 tie with a 2-out 2-run homer in the 8th, propelling the Sox to
victory April 10 at Toronto in the final game of their season-opening road trip...Trot
finished the night 3-for-3 with 4 RBI, a walk, 2 stolen bases (a career first) and a run
scored...June 7 at Milwaukee, after the Red Sox had trailed 9-3 and 10-4, hit a one-out
solo homer off Mike DeJean in the top of the 9th to tie the game 10-10...Jason Varitek
followed with a solo homer of his own to give Boston an 11-10 win...on the pitch after
Roger Clemens hit Kevin Millar, Nixon cranked a 2nd-inning 2-run homer to open the
scoring and trigger a 10-2 win July 5 at Yankee Stadium...singled home Gabe Kapler with
no outs in the bottom of the 10th to give the Sox a 5-4 walk-off win July 19 vs. Toronto...July
20 vs. Toronto, hit a 2-run triple to cap a 5-run 3rd, propelling the Red Sox to a 9-4 win
over Toronto...hit a solo homer in the 3rd and a grand slam off Al Levine to cap a 7-run
7th in a 10-4 win July 23 vs. Tampa Bay...finished 3-for-4 with 2 homers and 5 RBI...hit
a game-tying solo homer to lead off the top of the 9th off Francisco Cordero July 31 at
Texas although the Rangers went on to win 7-3 on an Alex Rodriguez grand slam in the
11th...August 5 vs. Anaheim, snapped a 9-9 tie with an RBI single in the bottom of the
7th, lifting the Sox to a 10-9 win...the hit, off Brendan Donnelly who came into the game
with a 0.67 ERA, capped a comeback from a 5-0 deficit...delivered one of the key hits of
the season September 1 at Philadelphia, a 9th-inning grand slam off Turk Wendell to cap
a 6-run uprising and give the Red Sox a 13-9 win...drove in a career-best 6 in the game.
ON THE DEFENSIVE: Made 130 outfield appearances (119 starts), all but one in right
field...played 2 innings in center after pinch hitting April 30 vs. Kansas City...posted a
.983 fielding percentage (4 errors in 239 chances)...had 4 assists, all from right field.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS: Ranked 3rd in the A.L. with a .330 (114-for-345) average vs. right-handed pitchers...hit .219 (21-for-96) vs. lefties...25 of his 28 home runs came off righthanders...registered a .318 average (70-for-220) with 10 home runs and 47 RBI at
Fenway Park and hit .294 (65-for-221) with 18 homers and 40 RBI on the road...hit .362
(38-for-105) with none on and none out and .302 (42-for-139) with runners in scoring
position...hit .303 (20-for-66) with 6 homers in close-and-late situations...batted .477
(31-for-65) with 6 home runs when hitting the first pitch...hit .217 (46-for-212) after
falling behind in the count 0-1 and .354 (58-for-164) after jumping ahead 1-0...hit .326
(97-for-298) with 20 homers in innings 1-6 and .266 (38-for-143) with 8 homers from
the 7th inning on...17 of his 87 RBI (20 percent) came in 19 games against the Blue
Jays...hit 5 of his 28 home runs in 13 games against the Devil Rays.
IN THE POST-SEASON: Hit .294 (10-for-34) with a double, 4 home runs and 7 RBI in 11
post-season games against the Athletics and Yankees...was just 2-for-10 in 4 A.L.
Division Series games against Oakland, but provided one of the most dramatic moments
of the season when--with the Red Sox trailing the best-of-5 series 2 games to none--he
crushed a pinch-hit walk-off 2-run homer off Rich Harden in the bottom of the 11th, giving
Boston a 3-1 win...the blast was the 2nd walk-off long ball in Red Sox post-season
history, following Carlton Fisk's legendary blast off Pat Darcy, which gave the Sox a 7-6
win over Cincinnati in Game 6 of the 1975 World Series...the last post-season pinch-hit,
walk-off home run was hit by Kirk Gibson of the Dodgers in Game 1 of the 1988 World
Series against Oakland...batted .333 (8-for-24) with 3 homers and 5 RBI in 7 ALCS
games...went 2-for-4 in the Game 1 win at Yankee Stadium...went 3-for-3 with a double
and a 5th-inning solo homer off Mike Mussina in Game 4 at Fenway...launched a 2-run
blast off Gabe White in the 9th inning of the Red Sox' Game 6 win, providing valuable
insurance by turning a 7-6 lead into a 9-6 advantage...in Game 7, launched a 2nd-inning
2-run homer off Roger Clemens to stake the Sox to a 2-0 advantage.