Wednesday, June 19, 2013
The Associated Press
BOSTON — Tim Wakefield got to throw one more knuckleball at Fenway Park.
Retired Boston Red Sox pitcher Tim Wakefield waves to fans as he is introduced during a ceremony to honor his career, prior to the Red Sox's baseball game against the Seattle Mariners at Fenway Park in Boston, Tuesday, May 15, 2012. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)
Newly retired Boston Red Sox pitcher Tim Wakefield reacts as he is introduced during a ceremony to honor his career prior to a baseball game against the Seattle Mariners at Fenway Park in Boston, Tuesday, May 15, 2012. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)
The Red Sox honored Wakefield on Tuesday afternoon with a ceremony before Boston's game against Seattle. He wiped away a few tears during all the accolades for both his 17 seasons of pitching and his charitable work, which earned him the Roberto Clemente Award in 2010.
Boston brought in former catcher Doug Mirabelli to catch the ceremonial first pitch, which was a knuckler that floated to the right of home plate.
Wakefield thanked the fans, saying he will always remember the ovations he received in nearly two decades of pitching for Boston.
Wakefield's No. 49 was cut into the grass in center field and video tributes and thank-yous showed throughout the game.
Only Carl Yastrzemski (23), Dwight Evans (19) and Ted Williams (19) played more seasons for the Red Sox than Wakefield. Wakefield also ranks third in all-time wins in club history, trailing only Cy Young and Roger Clemens.