Tim Wakefield had thrown a while before he became a Red Sox pitcher. I mean he had a pretty good career carved out with the Pittsburgh Pirates. As good as you can be in Pittsburgh anyways. Now he’s going to throw a 15th season in Beantown, which will be a franchise record.
If you were in the market for a 43 year old pitcher, you need to go ahead and cross him off your free agent wishlist.
Wakefield posted a 3.61 ERA in 20 starts, 18 of which were quality starts. I don’t know. Every time I saw the guy throw he got his shit lit. His knuckleball seemed to be off. That’s the thing with a knuckleballer. They seemingly get a free pass when they come out and absolutely get beat like a snare drum. More than any other pitcher in Major League Baseball.
“Did you see Wakefield tonight? He gave up 11 earned runs in 2 1/3 innings!”
“Well yeah, but his knuckler was off. The wind wasn’t right.”
Oh, okay. Since you said that it makes it all better. I’m pretty sure my son is going to be watching Wakefield making starts in 2025. And I might not even have a son then but I’m certain that whenever I do Wakefield will still be digging his nails into baseballs and finding ways to scrap out zeros on a scoreboard in some major league city in America.
We’re told Wakefield will use the following song as his entrance song before (spot) starts and appearances on the mound next season: