Tim Wakerfield is a gutty competitor, a class act, a reliable teammate, and not at all like the modern-day stereotype of a professional athelete, which is often physically gifted but spoiled, self-centered, overpaid, and indifferent to the everyday fan.
From the Red Sox Official statement: "In agreeing to the new deal, Wakefield announced he will donate $100 to charity for every strikeout he records in 2005, with $50 going to the Franciscan Childrens Hospital
and $50 to the Jimmy Fund
"For the last 11 years, Tim Wakefield has represented the best of the Boston Red Sox," [Theo] Epstein said. "His continuing contributions to the success of the franchise on the field are matched only by his dedication to community service. This agreement virtually guarantees Wake will retire as a Boston Red Sox, which is fitting. In the long, proud history of this franchise, few men have brought greater honor to the uniform."