|Wake in today’s All Star parade. Photo taken by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images
A drive-by post so I can get my anger out:
Everyone is reporting (but I’ll just link Alex Speier) that Joe Maddon told Tim Wakefield that he’s going to “save” him in case the game goes into extra innings.
Someone needs to explain to me why Maddon even bothered choosing Wake if that’s what he had planned for him? How did this work? “I know, I’ll choose Tim Wakefield. I know how much it means to him to be in an All Star Game. I’ll get him all excited and the day of the game I’ll kick him in the nuts and tell him that he probably won’t even play!”
How mean-hearted is this? I mean, Maddon has already, historically, screwed up this team (no Ian Kinsler at all?) and now he’s pretty much popped the balloon that was Wakefield’s hope to get into the game?
Wake, of course, is taking it like the classy, rational, good-natured, wonderful person he is:
â€œI am the extra-inning guy. (Maddon) had to project at least 16 innings out. Based on my availability today â€“ because I was scheduled to pitch yesterday (on a normal rotation turn, since he last started on Thursday) â€“ I think Iâ€™m the only guy who has the multiple inning insurance policy for us,â€ said Wakefield. â€œIâ€™m just happy to be here. If I pitch, great. If not, itâ€™s not a big deal. It doesnâ€™t matter. Iâ€™m not going to be upset either way.â€
It’s okay, Tim. I’m upset (and spiteful and irrational) enough for both of us.
Once again, Tim Wakefield shows us that he’s the bigger person than most any of us.
Get him in this game, Maddon. Don’t be the asshat some of us already think you are.