I have to say that this comes as a bit of surprise to me, but Trot Nixon was released today. Trot's a player I have always liked for some reason and I would have liked to see him make the team. Unfortunately, Ken Macha stabbed him in the back.
"He came to me and he said that he had known me for a long time but that things were a little different between he and I in Spring Training here," Macha said. "But I said to him, 'No. 1, I am trying to get to know 56 different people here. The other thing is I wanted you to come in here and earn this spot yourself.'
"I consider Trot a friend and I'm proud of his career. I know his father and his wife, and if he does get on to play, I wish him well. If he doesn't, I told him it's equally difficult for everyone. When you love the game as much as he does, and as I did, it's tough to call it quits. I hope he catches on and gets to play this year."
This is just like when Billy had to release his hero in Little Big League.
"How do you think I feel? You're my favorite ballplayer of all time! My friend Joey offered me a Wade Boggs and a Sammy Sosa card for you and I wouldn't do it."
"Is that supposed to make me feel better!?"