|Tim Wakefield on Big Show: ‘I love our chances’||03.30.11 at 5:48 pm ET|
Red Sox pitcher Tim Wakefield joined The Big Show Tuesday, discussing the coming baseball season with Glenn Ordway and Michael Holley.
Given their offseason upgrades, the Red Sox have been considered favorites by many to head to the World Series this season. While Wakefield likes the attention the team has gotten, he understands that a lot has to happen for them to achieve their goal.
“It’s great to be touted as winning the World Series and as favorites before the season starts, but I never get too excited about that,” he said. “Everything looks good on paper, but [we won't know] until we actually get on the field and see how things jell together.”
The Red Sox added the likes of Adrian Gonzalez, Carl Crawford and Bobby Jenks in the offseason. While Wakefield doesn’t want to get caught up in the hype, he thinks the talent level is high enough for the team to win its third championship since 2004.
“I love our chances. I really do. Talent-wise, all around the infield, all around the outfield and our pitching depth is pretty solid,” Wakefield said. “I’m very excited about who we have on our club this year, and the direction that we can take.
“I think we have all the bases covered. We’ve got speed, we’ve got defense, we’ve got strong hitting, and we’ve got deep pitching. All five of those positions that you want to be on top of are all covered with the team and the talent that we have and the players that we have.”
Wakefield said he has no problem with beginning the season in the bullpen. He noted that his primary goal is to win another title, and that he is willing to help out in any way. He did admit, however, that he does think about potentially becoming the all-time leader in wins for the Sox. With 179, he would need 13 to tie the likes of Roger Clemens and Cy Young.
“I give it a lot of thought. It’s important form a personal standpoint, but more importantly, I don’t it to take away from anything that has to do with us winning a World Series championship here again,” he said. “With that being said, I’d like to accomplish that, but first and foremost is to try to win games for the Boston Red Sox and try to win another World Series title here.
If it happens, it happens, and if not, it’s not going to make me any different of a person. … It doesn’t make a better person because I am the all time [wins] leader in Red Sox history. It’s a nice goal to attain and it’s a nice number to have next to your name, but I think the biggest thing is to win a World Series title for the Boston Red Sox.”
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