Nixon had a disappointing regular season as he hit .251/.342/.336 with a minus-4.2 VORP in 354 plate appearances. Nixon had just 90 PA after the All-Star break as he ceded his job as the starting right fielder to Franklin Gutierrez.
That reduced Nixon to being the man who sneaks up on his teammates when they are doing post-game television interviews on the field or in the dugout and slamming whipped cream pies into their faces.
Nixon was a fan favorite during his long tenure in Boston and received a warm ovation from the Fenway faithful during player introductions before Game 1 on Friday night.
“I had some great years here in Boston and I’m very grateful to have had the opportunity to play here,” Nixon said. “But I’m also grateful to have the opportunity to play in Cleveland. Whether playing time has been cut on not, I feel it’s important for me to keep these guys upbeat.”
“It’s special when you’ve got a young ballclub because sometimes they might not be smart enough to realize where we are right now,” Nixon said. “They’re just worried about playing baseball and they’re having fun at it.
“I know from past experiences when you have a great clubhouse camaraderie that it’s fun to come to the clubhouse and good things happen on the field. That’s the one thing I want to always see in clubhouses and that’s what this clubhouse has been like the entire year.”