Tim Wakefield was in attendance at Florida Auto Exchange Park on Monday to watch fellow knuckleballer and Red Sox project Steven Wright for the first time.
"I haven't seen him on video, live, nothing," said Wakefield, who pitched for the Red Sox for 17 years before retiring prior to the 2012 season.
On Monday, he finally did and Wright turned in a nifty performance, striking out three and walking two over two scoreless innings.
Wakefield doesn't know just yet what his official title will be with the Red Sox, but he does know he will serve as a mentor to Wright.
Ironically, R.A. Dickey, the only active major league pitcher who throws the knuckleball as his primary pitch, started against Wright on Monday, when a split-squad lineup of Red Sox players beat the Blue Jays, 4-2. Dickey, acquired in the offseason by Toronto, gave greater credence to the knuckleball fraternity when he captured the 2012 National League Cy Young Award after striking out 230 in a 20-win season with the Mets.
"I was a little nervous, knowing I would be pitching in front of two of the best," said Wright, who tossed 40 pitches, 25 for strikes. "Once I got settled in, everything went smooth."
Wright happy to have Wake around
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