Much like they did with Jason Varitek, the Red Sox have kept Tim Wakefield in the organization with a job as a special assignment instructor and honorary chairman of the Red Sox Foundation.
Wakefield played 17 seasons for the Red Sox, the last of which was 2011, and the knuckleballer has the third-most wins in franchise history behind Cy Young and Roger Clemens.
Last year Varitek took a job with the Red Sox as a special assistant to the general manager, but according to the press release Wakefield’s gig will focus on fundraising and charity events while also including “specific instructional assignments for general manager Ben Cherington and his staff.”
Perhaps there are a few who still miss the slope of Tal’s Hill rising from center field, but George Springer isn’t one of them. He lassoed a 403-foot fly ball from Todd Frazier in the seventh inning of Game 6, reaching nearly to the top of the wall to prevent the Yankees from gaining on the Astros’ 3-0 lead.
According to Statcast, a fly ball with an exit velocity of 103.6 MPH and a launch angle of 29 degrees lands for a home run 72% of the time. That wasn’t going to fly with the Astros, who were facing runners on first and second with one out and saw Justin Verlander‘s pitch count rapidly approaching 100.
It wasn’t long before the Yankees tried for another home run, however, and this one sailed far above the heads of all of the Astros’ outfielders. Aaron Judge lofted a 425-foot shot to left field in the eighth inning, destroying a first-pitch fastball from Brad Peacock and finally getting New York on the board.
The Yankees currently trail the Astros 4-1 in the bottom of the eighth.