Wakefield's agent, Barry Meister, told the knuckleballer during this past offseason that, given age and productivity, he might command $6 million from some club at the end of the season.
"He said, `Is that club the Red Sox?' " Meister said. "I said, `No, might not be.' He said, `If you said the Red Sox, that's one thing.'
"He waved me off and said, `Money is important, but it's kind of down the list for me. My desire is to be in Boston and be a Red Sox. That's just who I am now.' "
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"My desire is to be in Boston and be a Red Sox. That's just who I am now"
Read that over a few more times and think about how many times you may have read similar statements by other players for other teams. Then think about how often players back up that lip service with the kind of decision Wakefield made, to sign a deal that makes him a Red Sox for as long as the team wants him. He doesn't want to be anywhere else or play anywhere else and he took short money to prove it. Varitek is the Captain, he is The Man on the team. Wake is something else entirely, he's the Johnny Pesky of this group of 25 guys. Part Iron Man (can anyone remember the last time he went on the DL?). Part historian (as the longest tenured member of the team). And part Mother Teresa (so to speak. He's been nominated for the Roberto Clemente award for several years running).