While many Red Sox fans are still throwing up in their mouths about the selfishness of the 2011 team, there was no mistaking the unselfishness and heart that was exhibited seven years ago. The Red Sox were in the middle of getting clobbered at home by their most hated rival. They were on the brink of elimination and Tim Wakefield went and got his cleats and told Tito Francona that he could go as long as needed. This was remarkable given that Wakefield was scheduled to start in Game 4. Wake sacrificed a postseason start in order to save the bullpen and take a beating in the process. Wakefield threw 64 pitches over three innings of work giving up five hits and five runs. The Yankees would of course go on and win 19-8 but none of the key guys in the Red Sox bullpen had to pitch. Timmy fell on the sword and the comeback doesn't happen without him.
Ironically, Wakefield is one of the pitchers being questioned about his selfishness in 2011. His pursuit of career win 200 never did seem quite right and his quote after the season saying he wanted to come back next year because the fans deserve to see him go after the all time win record in Red Sox history also didn't seem exactly right. Seven years ago tonight just about everything went wrong. Wake went right and because he did we now get to celebrate it all over again. Happy Holidays Red Sox fans.