He’s got 9 wins, second only to Roy Halladay and might finally make his first All Star team. (How was he NOT an All Star in 1995? He was third in the Cy Young vote that year!!!)
I have already written about the underrated awesomeness of Tim Wakefield’s tenure in Boston.
But there could be a real and tangible title for Tim Wakefield…
One that was unthinkable when he signed with the Red Sox in 1995…
One that was laughable when he was left off of the 1999 ALCS roster…
One that was more than unlikely when he served up Aaron Boone’s homer…
And one that just sounds strange despite 15 seasons in Boston and playing a big part in 7 Red Sox playoff teams including two World Series champions.
He could be the greatest winner in Red Sox history.
Not the greatest pitcher. That title is debatable.
But imagine asking the question “Who has won the most games in Red Sox history?” and having the answer being “Tim Wakefield!”
Now right now, I think the fact that there is a tie at the top is kind of cool.
He’s 20 wins away from being the all time team leader in wins. He’s 27 wins from being the first 200 game winner in Red Sox history, but I digress.
I want him to get those 20 wins and pass Clemens and Young.
Wakefield already has a lot of Red Sox records… ones that I’m sure he’d like to give back.
Most homers… most losses… most walks… most hits allowed… most earned runs… most wild pitchers… most starts that made Red Sox fans say “Oh PLEASE don’t suck today!”
And yet he is a stand up guy and a champion.
He deserves a great title. The most wins in Red Sox history would be kind of cool, don’t you think?
It might earn him a retired number without a Hall of Fame entry (a la Johnny Pesky.)
So let’s start the countdown! 19 to tie… 20 to pass Clemens and Young.
(I believe Cy Young is only former Red Sox great Wakefield DIDN’T play with!)
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