Former Boston Red Sox pitcher Tim Wakefield answered fan questions online on Boston.com this week. Wakefield, who during 19 years in MLB with 17 in Red Sox uniform had 200 victories, 180 losses and 23 saves, was a Red Sox Nation favorite. Wakefield retired from baseball this past year along with catcher Jason Varitek.
On Joe Torre & Valentine
Wake was asked by a fan if he would work with Joe Torre if the former Yankee skipper became the Red Sox manager. The knuckler said that he would be “honored” to do so. When asked about what he thought about Bobby Valentine, he said, “As far as Bobby Valentine is concerned, I don’t know him well enough to make a comment.”
Someone also asked Wakefield what Torre said when he called the pitcher after the Red Sox beat the Yanks in the ALCS. That was the series where the Bronx Bombers had Boston on the ropes as the Yanks led the series 3-0. Then Boston came back four straight and went on to the World Series where they beat the Cardinals four straight to win their first championship since 1918.
Wakefield answered, “It was probably the greatest thrill I received next to winning the ALCS that year. He basically called me because he said that I was one of the guys that he respected the most from across the field, and he wanted to wish me luck in the World Series. And he told me to remember to have fun.”
The former Red Sox knuckler was asked who of his former teammates would make a good manager. Wakefield answered that he felt Jason Varitek, Gabe Kapler and Doug Mirabelli were all fine managerial prospects. (I would take any of those guys as the next Red Sox manager.)
What’s Wake Doing?
Wakefield was asked if he missed baseball and also what he was doing these days. He said that he did miss the camaraderie and competition, but he did not miss the road and being away from his family. These days the former Red Sox starter (who at times was also a middle reliever and closer) is working as an analyst for NESN and enjoying the golf links while doing charity work. Tim Wakefield is a class act and missed greatly. Known as a team player, Wake has been greatly missed this season.