Tim Wakefield is one of the biggest baseball guys in the game. He loves to go out and play everyday.
Known for his knuckleball, Wakefield made it through 19 years throwing it, 17 of which came in a Red Sox uniform.
He ranks third on the all time franchise list with 186 team wins. I personally attended his 200th win this past season and it was one of the coolest things I have ever witnessed. He deserved every minute of the standing ovations he received during the game.
He has been nominated for the Roberto Clemente Award, an award given to the player "best exemplifies the game of baseball, sportsmanship, community involvement and the individual's contribution to his team," nine times (last winning it in 2010).
Even though Jason Varitek wore the "C" on his jersey, it could have easily belong to Wakefield as well. He has won two World Series with the team and was named to the 2009 All-Star team.
He has clearly tried to pitch for as long as possible, and even though he wants to become the all-time leader in Red Sox wins, he may have to retire before that time comes.
He leads the Red Sox in plenty of all time pitching categories, and if his body allows, he would play until he dies. One of the most respected players in the game, it will be sad to see Wakefield leave.
Hopefully Boston will eventually have him back on the bench, teaching young pitchers how to play in this competitive league and division.