It is a sad day for Boston Red Sox fans. Earlier this week, it was announced out of necessity because Curt Schilling chose to reveal the information without the Wakefield family's consent, that 17 year Red Sox veteran and well-known knuckleballer Tim Wakefield was battling brain cancer. Unfortunately, the sad news broke today that Wakefield did succumb to his illness at the age of 57.
Tribute poor in after the untimely death of Tim Wakefield
Tim Wakefield was a pro's pro in the game of baseball. He forged a 19 year career in baseball after adopting the use of the knuckleball as a prospect and ended up winning 186 games as a member of the Red Sox, won two World Series rings, finished in the top 3 in Cy Young voting in 1995, and was an All-Star in 2009.
The tributes from around the league came quickly with the news of Wakefield's passing honoring not only the player he was on the field, but also how much people valued him as a teammate and a human being.
While the circumstances of how his illness came to light were gross and unfortunate, the response from the baseball community at large had to the news of Wake's passing has been heartening to say the least. To the person, everyone has talked about just how an amazing human and teammate Tim was on and off the field. The baseball community lost a great one today.
Our thoughts are with the entire Wakefield family as well as all of his friends, teammates, coaches, and all the lives he touched during his time on this earth right now. Today is going to be hard for all of them, but hopefully the support from the Red Sox community makes the days, weeks, and months ahead just a little bit easier.