Six years after Trot Nixon, a star high school quarterback, passed up a football scholarship to North Carolina State to sign with the Red Sox, Boston fans will learn whether the hoopla over the seventh player picked in the 1993 draft was justified. Last year, after hitting .310 with 23 homers and 26 steals at Triple A Pawtucket, Nixon shone in the Division Series against the Indians. He singled, walked and played well in rightfield, helping himself win a job in '99. "I was always the top dog in high school," says Nixon. "But I had a lot to learn. If I struck out twice, I'd let it get in my brain too much. I've learned to put it behind me."