Walk up to a typical Red Sox fan, ask them about their favorite player and I will give you a crispy $100 bill if they don’t call out a Josh, Manny, or “Big Papi”. If you go the young route, it’s Jacoby, Dice-K, and Clay but what about the forgotten man, Tim Wakefield? Not only has he reached double-digits in wins 9 years out of a possible 13 with Boston, he has also done it while being moved around more than Mike Morgan, from starting rotation to the bullpen and back a couple more times.
Last season Tim won 17 games and still all anyone talked about was Josh Beckett, who won 20 and came this close to the Cy Young Award. Well, maybe it’s ironic that this season Tim & Josh are tied in wins (3) but it’s Tim who has the better ERA (3.33) compared to Beckett’s 4.13. Maybe it’s finally Tim Wakefield’s turn to shine or maybe much like my Mark Hendrickson post where the readers all but called me crazy, I am getting excited over nothing. Only time will tell!