Wakefield retires

Red Sox pitcher Tim Wakefield retired today.  I love Wake.  The Form of Unselfishness in an era of incredibly selfish ballplayers.  Wake was willing to do anything for the team.  He started, did middle relief, set-up, even closed.  He was heroic and selfless in the 2004 World Series run (giving up his starts to pitch garbage innings in a blowout and to do extra innings).  His contract is what was really remarkable.  Wakefield signed a rolling $4 million per year contract.  Essentially he played on a one year contract, giving the team an infinite number of options to pick up the contract.  Sure, $4 million is a lot of money, but he could have commanded a lot more money and considerably more security in years somewhere else.  Red Sox Nation has always loved him, a love generously poured out in a large ovation in 2004 (a sign that he had been quickly forgiven for the Aaron Freaking Boone walk off homer in the 2003 ALCS).

I had hoped the Sox would bring him back and give him enough starts to get the 6 more wins he would need to pass Clemens and Cy Young for the team win record.  Alas, that was not to be.  Despite getting to 200 wins last year, I doubt it will be enough to get Wake into the Hall of Fame.  He will doubtless join the Red Sox HOF, and that is well deserved.  I think it is fair to say he is the best knuckleballer of his generation and should be considered in the top 5 or so best knucklers of all time.

About Kleiner

Associate Vice Provost and Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Utah State University. I teach across the curriculum, but am most interested in continental philosophy, ancient and medieval philosophy as well as Catholic thought, all of which might be summed up as an interest in the ressourcement tradition (returning in order to make progress). I also enjoy spending time thinking about liberal education and its ends.
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