Wakefield honored, overwhelmed at Tim Wakefield Day

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Wakefield honored, overwhelmed at Tim Wakefield Day

BOSTON -- It was Tim Wakefield Day at Fenway Park on Tuesday, and the recently-retired knuckleballer was honored before the Red Sox game against the Seattle Mariners.

Those notables in attendance were a few of Wakefield's former teammates in Mike Stanley, Mike Timlin, and Doug Mirabelli.

That and a special appearance from the Wakefield Warriors program made for an emotional ceremony.

"I didn't know what to expect," said Wakefield afterwards. "I was very nervous. Even driving into the park today, I was like, I wasn't even this nervous when I knew I was pitching that day driving into the park. Because I didn't know what to expect. I knew there was going to be some surprises. The anxiety that goes with the unknown, is pretty awesome. It was a very emotional day for me to be able to share it with the fans, who have been supportive of me over the past 17 years."

Wakefield threw out the first pitch to his former personal catcher, Mirabelli. It was an appearance that Wakefield didn't expect. And he was even more surprised when Mirabelli entered Fenway in a Boston Police cruiser from centerfield, mocking the way Mirabelli's police escort brought him to Fenway in 2006.

"I thought it was priceless, I really did," said Wakefield. "It was perfect, a perfect ending to a great ceremony."

Afterwards, Wakefield talked about the difficulties of retiring, mostly because there's a part of him that thinks he could still play.

"It's been difficult, because the fire to compete is still there, obviously," said Wakefield. "Nothing's ever going to replace that. But it's been fun to be home and to be a Dad and be a husband.

"I do miss it, and watching them play, it's kind of hard to watch sometimes," he added. "But I'm rooting for them hard.

"I think it's harder to give it up, knowing that you can still compete," said Wakefield. "Versus, being forced to give it up because of an injury, I guess. I've battled injuries at my age for the last couple years, so it's a little bit of both, I guess."

Before Tuesday's game, Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine reminisced about what he saw from Wakefield's career from afar.

"He was a great go-to guy," said Valentine. "A couple hundred wins. I mean, there's no diminishing the value of being out there when your team wins 200 times. It's extremely impressive."

Red Sox’ quotes, notes and stars from 2-1 loss to Rays

Red Sox’ quotes, notes and stars from 2-1 loss to Rays

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Notes, quotes and stars from the Red Sox' 2-1 loss to the Rays:

QUOTES:

* "There's not much I can do about it now. It's kind of a waiting game and hopefully, the tests come back clean.'' -Andrew Benintendi, on the uncertainty surrounding his knee injury.

* "Sometimes, I like that, sometimes I don't because I'd kind of take a couple of quick outs in place of those to get a couple of more innings out there.'' -Drew Pomeranz on his career high 11 strikeouts.

* "That's probably the spot that looms the largest. Jackie's become more aggressive early in the count, but at the same time, that aggressiveness can work against you.'' -Farrell on Jackie Bradley Jr. swinging at the first pitch following a walk with the bases loaded.

NOTES:

* Drew Pomeranz recorded a career-high 11 strikeouts

 * Since moving to the leadoff spot, Dustin Pedroia has a slash line of .397/.418/.460 in 16 games.

* Pomeranz has yielded two runs or fewer in five consecutive starts.

* On the just-completed road trip, the Red Sox led in all but one game.

* Thursday's loss was the fourth this season in which the Sox allowed two runs or fewer.

 * The past 18 Red Sox losses have come by a combined 37 runs.

* Until Thursday, the Red Sox had won 20 of their past 31 day games.

* The bottom third of the makeshift Red Sox lineup combined to go 2-for-12.

* The Sox missed out on a chance to have an eight-win road trip, which would have been their first since 2011.

STARS:

1) Jake Odorizzi

The Rays started, facing a depleted Red Sox lineup, limited the Sox to a single run over seven innings, allowing just five hits and getting out of a bases-loaded, no-out jam by allowing just one run.

2) Mikie Mahtook

Mahtook was 0-for-34 when facing Drew Pomeranz in the seventh inning, but that didn't stop him from doubling home Steven Souza Jr with what proved to be the winning run.

3) Dustin Pedroia

The Sox couldn't generate much of anything at all offensively, but don't blame Pedroia. The leadoff hitter had three hits and a walk and was on base four times for the Sox.