October 14, 2008
I was really looking forward to tonight’s American League Championship Series game between the Tampa Bay Rays and the Boston Red Sox. Not because I am a big fan of either team but because I am fascinated with the knuckleball. Tonight was game 4 of the ALCS and it featured a match-up between Andy Sonnanstine from Tampa Bay against Tim Wakefield pitching for Boston. Sonnanstine is a second-year pitcher with a good fastball and looks to become a strikeout artist. He was on the mound when the Rays clinched their first play-off berth and has been compared to Greg Maddux in how he approaches the game. He has the potential to be a very good pitcher for a long time for the Rays. Despite his upside, he was not the reason I was interested in this game. No I wanted to watch the 39-year old pitcher for the Red Sox who had not pitched since September 28. I was tuning in to see Tim Wakefield.