Mr. Completely, Mr. Clutch.

Yesterday morning, I was literally giddy with excitement reading the Globe coverage of Wednesday night‘s complete game by Wakefield at Fenway, with Papi’s walkoff homer in the bottom of the ninth. The fact that I had listened to the game the night before made the articles no less joy- or grin-inducing — I literally was slapping my thigh and smiling madly.

In the spirit of Faithful, we have the following email exchange, which had me in absolute stitches:

Date: 07 Sep 2005 09:42:24 EDT
From: mrhe
To: shazam
Subject: Your boy Wake
dominated last night
as did Papi

Date: Wed, 7 Sep 2005 09:34:27 -0400 From: shazam To: mrhe Subject: Re: Your boy Wake > dominated last night > > as did Papi i know! some complete game awesomeness from tim! and walkoff heroics from ortizzle! and jeter grounded into a double play to i think end the game, so that's a lovely thing. four games, and september's just begun. a.
Date: 07 Sep 2005 10:08:53 EDT From: mrhe To: shazam Subject: Re: Your boy Wake > and jeter grounded into a double play to i think end the game, so > that's a lovely thing. What a lovely night when the D-Ray's come from behind to make the Yanks both take and receive a loss Here's a little something from firejoemorgan.com - I thought you'd like that little part in the 2nd sentence about RBI... "This basically sums up the John Kruk-as-baseball-analyst experience. Doing JK's actual job as a recreational pursuit, I discovered that the leading hitter in the NL that year, Tony Gwynn, hit .313. The two top HR hitters that year were Strawberry with a robust 39 and Glenn Davis with 30, compared to Gibson's 25, and the league leader in RsBI, Will Clark, had 109. "
Date: Wed, 7 Sep 2005 10:07:57 -0400 From: shazam To: mrhe Subject: Re: Your boy Wake > What a lovely night when the D-Ray's come from behind to make the Yanks both > take and receive a loss Amen! Well said. It could hardly come at a better time. It's so funny about the Rays -- they're /not really all that good/, but they always give the good teams trouble. Except when we're in the Trop, and Wake's pitching. ;) I haven't read Sox coverage in days except for something in a free NYTimes I was given on campus. There was an annoying article about some former security officer for the Sox who's putting his own curse on the team because they didn't give him a championship ring when he thought they would. Get over yourself! (That is addressed to the disgruntled security officer, the author of the article, the New York Times, and the New York Yankees.) God, the Times sports section is such a wasteland. Yesterday it consisted of about fifty million articles about tennis, one on football, and two annoying baseball articles: the aforementioned, and a fluff piece about how A-Rod is so awesome. Gimme a fahkin' break. Why do I feel like this sounds like the King/O'Nan email exchanges from 'Faithful'? > Here's a little something from firejoemorgan.com - I thought you'd like that > little part in the 2nd sentence about RBI... > > "This basically sums up the John Kruk-as-baseball-analyst experience. Doing > JK's actual job as a recreational pursuit, I discovered that the leading hitter > in the NL that year, Tony Gwynn, hit .313. The two top HR hitters that year > were Strawberry with a robust 39 and Glenn Davis with 30, compared to Gibson's > 25, and the league leader in RsBI, Will Clark, had 109. " Nice. Though I think that 'RBI' should suffice as the singular and plural. It's more elegant. RsBI is a little clunky, though I totally back it for schtonque. Gotta get to class, a.
Date: Wed, 7 Sep 2005 10:17:38 -0400 From: shazam To: mrhe Cc: lb Subject: Re: Your boy Wake Here's a little something from boston.com you've probably already read, but: ''I even told Doug [Mirabelli] after the ninth, 'I've got five more [innings] in me,' " Wakefield said. ''It was one of those cool nights. I had a lot of energy." Dude. a.
Date: 07 Sep 2005 10:36:29 EDT From: mrhe To: shazam Subject: Re: Your boy Wake > ''I even told Doug [Mirabelli] after the ninth, 'I've got five > more [innings] in me,' " Wakefield said. ''It was one of those > cool nights. I had a lot of energy." Tim has tremendous stamina. He can go for hours.
Date: Wed, 7 Sep 2005 13:41:15 -0400 From: shazam To: mrhe Subject: Re: Your boy Wake > Tim has tremendous stamina. He can go for hours. um. heh, is that what you heard from mrs. doug mirabelli? laughing out loud here in the history of science conference room, a.
Date: 07 Sep 2005 14:25:11 EDT From: mrhe To: shazam Subject: Re: Your boy Wake > heh, is that what you heard from mrs. doug mirabelli? Interestingly enough it was Kelly Foulballs who told me at the game the other day.

I love the fact that, on Larry Lucchino’s birthday, the Sox organization gave a plaque to Ortiz, proclaiming him the best clutch hitter in Red Sox history. In his postgame interview, Tim Wakefield called him “Mr. Clutch;” Dan Shaughnessy, who coins a new Sox phrase with every column, has dubbed him “Mr. Walkoff.” And Wake himself is getting deserved support and recognition:

For the sixth time in as many seasons, and seventh time overall, Tim Wakefield was selected as the Sox recipient of the Roberto Clemente Award, bestowed upon players who best exemplify the game through sportsmanship, community involvement, and positive team contributions. Wakefield now becomes one of 30 nominees for the league-wide Clemente Award, which he has never received despite six prior nominations.

Wakefield also was selected by his teammates as the Sox’ nominee for the Marvin Miller Man of the Year Award, presented annually to the player whose on-field performance and community contributions inspire others to higher levels of achievement.

Fan voting for the Miller award takes place online through Sunday at http://www.mlbplayers.com. Fans will narrow the list of 30 nominees to six, and players will make the final decision.

”That’s not the reason I do it,” said Wakefield, who is 7-1 with a 3.99 ERA in his last eight starts. ”It’s almost embarrassing to get recognition for things off the field. I feel like I’m supposed to do these things. I have an opportunity to give back to a lot of people who deserve help, who deserve a chance.”

It’s obvious how much the team respects Wake:

”Wake was just unbelievable tonight,” said Ortiz. ”He was so good all night, we just had to find a way to give him our support with the bat.”

And when asked about his walkoff homer, David has this to say:

“It’s a good feeling, especially when you have a guy like [Tim] Wakefield out there pitching the way he did tonight. You want to do something for the guy.”

You said it, Papi.

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