|Wakefield via NECN.com|
Tim Wakefield, the longest tenured pitcher in Red Sox history, will announce his retirement at a press conference Friday at 5 p.m., according to a Red Sox press release.At times his place in the heart of Red Sox Nation may fluttered a bit like his knuckler, but it's a testament to his long years of yeoman service that, even after delivering the pitch that Aaron F*cking Boone sent out of Yankee Stadium to end our 2003 season, I never heard anyone talk about running him out of town. Like they did Clemens, like they did Nomar ...
I have to admit I once groaned when a rain out meant my tickets to see Pedro pitch at Fenway meant I'd be seeing a Wakefield start (again) instead. Not because I didn't like Wakefield, but I *really* wanted to see Pedro. Everybody did..
Here's hoping the Red Sox put him in their team Hall of Fame as soon as possible.
Best wishes, Tim. We know you pitched your heart out for us. It won't be the same without you.