BOSTON (CBS) — When the Red Sox open their postseason on Friday, an original dirt dog will be back in Fenway Park to throw out the ceremonial first pitch.
Former Red Sox left fielder Trot Nixon will toss out the ceremonial first pitch ahead of Game 1 of the American League Division Series. The Red Sox still don’t now who their opponent is, as they’ll face the winner of Wednesday night’s Yankees-Athletics Wild Card game.
Nixon had one of Boston’s biggest hits of the 2003 postseason in their ALDS matchup with the Oakland A’s, blasting a walk-off homer in the 11th inning of Game 3. The blast sparked a comeback for the Red Sox, who won the best-of-five series despite losing the first two games in Oakland.
The North Carolina native and Wilmington resident will also be on hand before the game to collect money to benefit those affected by Hurricane Florence in his home state. The collection will take place from the time gates open at 5:32 p.m., through the second inning. Proceeds from the collection will benefit American Red Cross relief efforts in North Carolina.
Friday’s Game 1 is scheduled to begin at 7:32 p.m.