Tim Wakefield turns 45 today. Wakefield is the oldest player in baseball, 8 months and 22 days older than Omar Vizquel. Despite not being in the starting rotation to start the season, he is fourth on the team in innings. He doesn't miss many bats anymore, and gives up more homers than ever, but could, conceivably, start a postseason game for the Sox.
I'll be at Fenway tomorrow, as Wakefield takes his second shot at his 200th win. The Indians have a good lineup, though opposing pitcher Carlos Carrasco has struggled mightily recently. That should give the Sox a good chance to slug their way to a win. That would make him the 111 pitcher in history to reach the 200 win milestone. Looking further down the road, Wakefield needs 7 wins to tie Cy Young and Roger Clemens for the most wins in Red Sox history. Looking at the schedule, Wakefield would get 10-11 starts if he were to remain in the rotation, so the chances of that are slim. Still, I will be rooting for him - I've seen Wakefield pitch live (or on TV, for that matter) more than anyone else.
So Happy Birthday #49, and good luck!