Congratulations to Tim Wakefield of the Red Sox on being named to his first-ever MLB All-star Game. Wake is not only having a really solid year but has been the good soldier for the Red Sox since the mid-90s. Since then, he's done whatever has been asked of him -- start, close, middle relief -- and was instrumental in both of the Red Sox World Series championships.
While his knuckleball can sometimes desert him for no reason in the middle of an inning, by and large, he's been as reliable a starter as any the Red Sox have had in my memory, eating up inning and making opposing batters look like something out of a Bugs Bunny cartoon as they flail away at his sublimely slow and utterly unpredictable trademark pitch.
My only question about his appearance in the All-star Game -- who the hell is going to catch that butterfly pitch?