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Wakefield to 'Awaken' the Rotation

by. Rick Phillips

The Boston Red Sox coming into the season were made to believe they had one of the strongest and most well round rotations in Major League Baseball. As the season begins to come towards an end, the Red Sox find themselves in unfimilar territory, instability in their starting pitchers. Where has the backbone gone? Since the retirement of the 'The Big Schill', the team has found themselves plagued with injuries and false hopes from veteran pitchers, hoping to fill in that void left by Curt Schilling.

With Daisuke Matsuzaka unable to show us his great strength and courage, like he has shown now multiple times in the World Baseball Classics. The question arises wether he is pitching for his nation only and not for the Red Sox Nation?

Josh Beckett has been great for us sine he has joined the team, but with the retirement of Schilling has this torch of courage been given to him? I beg to differ, granted Beckett has put together a solid season, and has proven his ability to perform in the playoffs, there is one man in the pitching rotation that has the heart to awaken this struggling rotation. Tim Wakefield, the crafty knuckleballer and veteran of the Red Sox has shown us resilience and love of the game.

Since the crushing blow he took in the 2003 ALCS against those Yankees in extra innings, from that (where did he go again?) Aaron Boone. That game winning and most of all World Series clinching homerun by Boone against Wakefield, fans across Red Sox Nation that night didn't whimper in defeat, but cried with Tim Wakefield as he laid his head low going to the locker room. We worried about his well being, the man had done so much for us in past years, would this really be his final defeat? Or would he show the strength to continue on and help bring us a championship as he did so in 2004?

With the final weeks leading up to the playoff season, one questions the strength of the Red Sox rotation, wether they will be able to be consistent and if it will be a four or five man rotation. One will never question the heart and devotion that Tim Wakefield has given this team over the years.

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