|The red socks, not the red hat|
Tim Wakefield is the 45-year old knuckleballer who pitched for the Red Sox for 17 of his 19 seasons in the bigs. As the Boston Globe points out, only Carl Yastrzemski (23), Ted Williams (19), and Dwight Evans (19) played more years with the team. All of those great players retired without a World Series championship, Wakefield has two (2004 and 2007).
Wakefield has given us many, many great moments as a starter and as a reliever. None more dramatic and more crucial than the 5th game of the 2004 league championship series against the Yankees. The Sox were down 3 games to 1 at that point--fighting off elimination. He came on in the 11th inning with the score tied 4-4. The Sox had already used six pitchers in the game and needed to save something in the tank for the next two games--if there were to be more games. (Wakefield had volunteered to pitch mop up in the ugly 18-9 drubbing the Yankees gave the Red Sox in Game 3, in order to save the rest of the pitching staff.)
|Heart of a knuckleballer|
Tomorrow: The Sox are making a big mistake in letting Wakefield go. And I'll prove it!