On the Red Sox’s final trip to Yankee Stadium

C.J. Henry to play for NCCA runner up Memphis
Game 132: Winning would be a good idea

Jack Curry, on The Times’ Bats blog, picks up a story about Tim Wakefield and his locker in the visiting clubhouse at the Yankee Stadium. Lou Cucuzza, the Yankees clubhouse manager, is giving Wakefield the 49 plaque that has, for the last 14 years, indicated the Red Sox’s knuckleballer’s spot in the room. Wakefield, who served up on the more famous home runs in recent Yankee Stadium history, speaks wistfully of Yankee Stadium, and this piece is just another hint that the crazy fans, by and large, take this rivalry way more seriously than the players.

C.J. Henry to play for NCCA runner up Memphis
Game 132: Winning would be a good idea
  • Cam

    For all the Kevin Youk’s that we hate, there will always be players like Wake, who have been a hard working, no nonsense guy that you have to appreciate, especially for the loyalty he has shown to his team. Nice gesture for the clubhouse manager to give that to him.

    • scott

      why exactly do we hate Youk? If anything we should be jealous that our organization cannot produce any everyday players anymore….If you love paul o’neil then how could you hate youk?

      • radnom

        1. He has 2 butts instead of a face.

        2. He whines and complains anytime there is a fastball anywhere within 2 feet of his body.

        I’m sure there are more, someone help me out.

        • scott

          you still havent come up with anything that differs him from paul o’neil

      • Cam

        I understand your comparison to O’Neil, but look at no. 2 from radnom. I can’t recall O’Neil pissing and moaning for a couple of inside fastballs. Plus, why so defensive of Youk? I was using him as a quick example. Did he father your love child or something?

        • scott

          then you really dont remember paulie do you? He was a crybaby biatch but we loved him because he played hard everyday…like youk does..i am just frustrated from having to watch that gap toothed Robby Cano play lazy every game…funny how those comparisons of robby and chase utley have gone silent.

          • Rich

            gap-toothed? Is that the best you can come up with? It sounds more like my daughter’s slumber parties.

  • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos

    My favorite part of the story: After just shy of 300 words all about Tim Wakefield, the Yankees-Red Sox rivalry, the passing of the torch from the old cathedral to the new, and the surprising little moments of interpersonal connection that makes stories like this interesting…
    … less than a hour after it’s posted, the first comment is:

    Does A-rod’s contract have a no-trade clause?

    • D.B.

      yea hes a 5 and 10 player

      • jsbrendog

        damn

        • radnom

          You people are absolutely ridiculous.

          • D.B.

            yea i agree with radnom
            arod is the best player on this team
            a lot of hate has gone arods way since farnsworth was traded

  • Bill R

    Tim Wakefield has always been a class act, the only red sox player I respect. Unlike Josh Beckett who If i saw on the street while I was driving I might temporarily lose control of my brakes……..

    • radnom

      Lowell comes off ok to me. As did Damon when he was with them. Anyone else (besides the usual suspects who we all dislike) i’m generally ambivalent towards.

  • jsbrendog

    wakefield is a good guy, i remember him when he was in pitssburgh and i was glad him and candiotti would be around when hough retired cause you need knuckleballers.

    i worry that when wake hangs em up he’ll be the last great knuckleballer (to be great when a knuckleballer i feel the standards are lowered lol)

    hopefully some new knuckleballers will take up torch