On Tim Wakefield and the knuckleball

I remember the first time I became aware of the knuckleball. I was playing All-Star Baseball 99 on the N64. I didn't really know much about baseball, but I liked the Oakland A's because they were the local team. And I already pretty much knew I'd never be able to root for Barry Bonds. One … Continue reading On Tim Wakefield and the knuckleball

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Have glove, will travel

Knuckleballers are a funny sort. They usually have designated catchers. Jason Varitek, a 3-time All-Star catcher for the Red Sox, doesn't catch longtime Boston knuckleballer Tim Wakefield. He struggles to catch the knuckleball, so usually, Boston has the backup catcher behind the plate when Wakefield pitches. It's probably the hardest pitch in baseball to catch. … Continue reading Have glove, will travel