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Trot Nixon Returns Home, Hopes for Hits at DBAP

Posted July 9, 1998 7:00 a.m. EDT

— Durham's series against Pawtucket features former Wilmington New Hanover baseball and football star Trot Nixon. Nixon, the former number one draft pick of the Red Sox, played in the AAA All-Star Game.

He was raised in Wilmington, but born in Durham. Thursday, Trot Nixon returned home and stepped in the DBAP for the first time.

"It's going to be exciting here, you know," Nixon explains. "I just hope I'm going to have better luck here at this park than I did at the old DAP. I didn't get very many hits there."

Hitting the ball is not a problem for Nixon now. On Wednesday, he played in the AAA All-Star Game. He's hoping for a permanent spot in the Boston line-up very soon.

"There's still a lot of things I've got to learn," Nixon says. "With that, I'm always open to suggestions from people throughout baseball. I'm eager to learn and to get better."

Patience is something every minor-leaguer must master. Right now, Nixon is waiting for his turn in the bigs. Playing major league baseball isn't his only goal.

"First get into the major leagues, and once you're settled there-- to win a world championship," Nixon admits.

With his talent, that goal is definitely attainable.