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."

Wright extends scoreless streak to 9 1/3 innings in Red Sox' 10-7 win over Pirates

Wright extends scoreless streak to 9 1/3 innings in Red Sox' 10-7 win over Pirates

The angst surrounding the David Price- and (possibly) Drew Pomeranz-less Red Sox starting rotation may have eased a little -- or a lot -- on Thursday.

Steven Wright extended his string of scoreless spring-training innings to 9 1/3 by blanking the Pirates for 4 1/3 innings in his third spring-traing start, leading the Sox to a 10-7 victory over the Pirates at SkyBlue Park.

Red Sox-Pirates box score

Wright allowed two hits -- the only two hits he's allowed this spring -- with one walk and three strikeouts.

Several of his pitching brethren, notably Heath Hembree and Robbie Ross Jr., didn't fare nearly as well. (See box score above.) But the Sox -- using what may be their regular-season batting order for the first time -- bailed them out with a 16-hit attack, led by Dustin Pedroia (3-for-3, now hitting ,500 for the spring). Mookie Betts, Hanley Ramirez, Jackie Bradley Jr., and, yes, Pablo Sandoval each added two hits. Sandoval also drove in three runs and is now hitting .362.

Xander Bogaerts went 1-for-4 in his return to the Sox from the World Baseball Classic.

 

A hungry ballplayer: Ex-Sox prospect Moncada once ate 85 Twinkies in a week

A hungry ballplayer: Ex-Sox prospect Moncada once ate 85 Twinkies in a week

This isn’t your average young and hungry player on the brink of the big leagues.

Yoan Moncada, the ex-Red Sox prospect who was one of the principal pieces in the trade for Chris Sale, ate 85 Twinkies in a week, his agent told ESPN The Magazine

David Hastings, Moncada's agent, clarified to CSNNE that this was a one-time thing when Moncada first arrived in the U.S. Moncada had never had Twinkies before, Hastings said, so he was like "a kid in a candy store."

He's still in great shape. Moncada had a huge spring training with the White Sox after a disappointing major-league debut with Boston in September. 

The 21-year-old third baseman has been optioned out of big-league camp, so he’s slated to start the year in Triple-A. But he hit .317 with a .391 on-base percentage and .683 slugging percentage and 3 home runs in 41 at-bats — some of the best numbers anywhere.

Moncada took a $31.5 million signing bonus from the Red Sox, money that the Sox turned into Sale. Moncada, meanwhile, didn’t exactly invest every cent.

Twinkies weren’t his only indulgence. 

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Moncada had money to spend on drones, video games, toys and clothes. He sometimes spent $1,500 or more during nights out, David says. After he purchased the second $200,000 car, Josefa [Hastings, David’s wife] tried to talk some sense into him.

David Hastings reinforced to CSNNE that the message to Moncada was to invest in things that appreciate in value.