Red Sox celebrate Wakefield today

The Red Sox will celebrate the career of Tim Wakefield today in a ceremony before the game.  It’s been sort of a whirlwind tour for Wakefield since announcing his retirement at the beginning of spring training in Fort Myers.  Wakefield, along with Jason Varitek, was on hand at the home opener against the Tampa Bay Rays to throw out the ceremonial first pitch.  Wakefield was back at Fenway a week later for the 100th anniversary and had a nice moment when him, Varitek, and David Ortiz wheeled out Red Sox legends Bobby Doerr and Johnny Pesky.  Wakefield earned that spot in Red Sox history and even after today when he gets his own day of appreciation you’ll probably see Tim Wakefield at many future Fenway functions, both in an official and unofficial capacity.  Wakefield was a consummate teammate and Boston Red Sox player in his 17 years here and it was never more evident than after the Red Sox 2nd World Championship in 2007:


I wrote about Wakefield at the time of his retirement announcement.  I covered pretty much everything baseball-wise in that blog.  It was fun watching a knuckle baller pitchfor all of those years.  I don’t know how many people ever truly sat back and appreciated just how old school of a baseball player Tim Wakefield was but I was certainly one of them.  Seriously who throws a knuckleball anymore?  And if they do who can do it as effectively as Wakefield has?  He made his major league debut in 1992 at the height of the steroids era and he kept chugging along with the Red Sox through the mid-90’s while Sosa, McGwire, and others were hitting moon shots all over major league baseball parks across the country.  When you think back on that it’s amazing that he ever made it to the 21st century where he enjoyed his greatest accomplishments in winning two World Series championships with the Red Sox.

I remember as far back as the 2003 season talking about how this guy would be able to pitch forever.  Forever ended up being 2011.  As impressive as he was, and he was very impressive in his time, major league baseball is just not a place for a 43-year old knuckleball pitcher in this day in age.  He did his job and he did it well for 17 years.  He’ll never make the Hall Of Fame in Cooperstown but he will be forever known as one of the most prolific Red Sox pitchers of all time with only Hall of Famer Cy Young and Roger Clemens having more wins than he did.  He’ll never have to buy a drink in Boston again and will always go down as one of the guys who broke the curse in 2004.  That alone would buy him a place in Red Sox lore but it was the innings he gave when he didn’t have to, the starts he gave up, the causes that he championed that made him run up the score.  Hats off to one of the good guys, Tim Wakefield


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