Because he’s got a lot of time on his hands these days, you dig?

Trot Nixon, once the epitome of Boston Red Sox grit and determination, is toiling for the Tucson Sidewinders and hoping at age 34 for another shot at the big leagues.

If it’s not with Sidewinders’ parent club, the Arizona Diamondbacks, then somewhere else, and he doesn’t know why he hasn’t gotten a call.

“You can ask why all day long, and you may never find the answer,” Nixon said. “You just keep plugging away and doing what you can to help the team win ballgames, and let that decision be made by other front offices.”

Though he’s not the player he once was, Nixon hopes that someone will need a left-handed hitter who hit .275 in the big leagues with 136 home runs and 555 RBIs.

“There have been some opportunities out there and I wish I could have been a part of them.” Nixon said. “Sometimes you really don’t know what I’ve done, and it’s usually nothing that a player’s done. They just see other players as a better fit.”

Here’s to the original dirt dog. The guy was hell with his fists.