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Moment of Levity: The Big Picture

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GO AHEAD, HIT THIS

If you've ever wondered what it looks like when Tim Wakefield grips one of his customary knuckleballs, feast your eyes on this piece of glory. Wakefield has really had his knuckleball fluttering this year, too, leaving hitters struggle to figure out what's coming their way, even though they know exactly what Wakefield is dealing. (Elise Amendola/AP)

By Cameron Smith  |  June 26, 2009; 4:36 PM ET
Categories:  Red Sox  | Tags: Moment of Levity: The Big Picture, Red Sox, Tim Wakefield  
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You mean "All star candidate" Tim Wakefield.

Who was the last knuckballer to be an All Star? Charlie Hough? Did Candiotti ever make it?

I think Rich Gedman's career was ruined by having to catch Hough in the 1986 All Star game. Completely flummoxed him and hurt his defense coming back to Boston, which hurt his offense. Game 6, '86 World Series, Stanley's wild pitch? In Boston, a fair number of people call it a passed ball.

Posted by: jca-CrystalCity | June 27, 2009 1:20 PM | Report abuse

Along the lines of players dealing with lingering effects of a poor All-Star Game... What about what happened to Dan Uggla last year?

Tore it up in the first half then committed, I believe, two errors in the ASG and was a shell of himself in the second half of the season.

Posted by: CJ Holley | June 28, 2009 3:41 AM | Report abuse

"Completely flummoxed him and hurt his defense coming back to Boston, which hurt his offense. Game 6, '86 World Series, Stanley's wild pitch? In Boston, a fair number of people call it a passed ball."

Good point, but I think it's doubtful that Mauer/Varitek would be fazed.

Posted by: jaumiusk | June 28, 2009 4:38 PM | Report abuse

Tek does not catch Wake. They've had a succession of caddies for Wake since 2001 or so - Mirabelli, Bard, Mirabelli again, Cash, Kottaras. This is an issue in playoff time, and, along with injuries, has kept Wakefield off of several playoff rosters.

Posted by: jca-CrystalCity | June 28, 2009 10:24 PM | Report abuse

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