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I read an interesting article this morning about a young pitcher who was mentored by the great Joe Niekro before his death.  For those of you who don’t know, Joe Niekro was a pitcher, but more than that, he was a knuckleball pitcher like one of my favorite players pitching today, Tim Wakefield. 

The young player in the article is also a knuckleballer but what really caught my attention is the fact that she’s female and her coach speculates that she just might be the first female player in the MLB.  Could it happen?  Could Chelsea Baker be the first female player in a league that’s decidedly gender biased?  Honestly, I don’t think so, at least not in my lifetime…but you just never know.

Chelsea isn’t the only young female player out there creating waves that seem to point to the possiblility of women playing in the major leagues some day.  There’s also young Eri Yoshida, another knuckleball pitcher, who had the opportunity to meet her idol, Tim Wakefield, a couple of months ago during spring training. 

Who knows what could happen?  All you have to do is watch the movie, A League of Their Own, and you can see that anything is possible.  That’s not to say I hope we have another major war, not even if it did give these young women the chance to play in the majors, but wouldn’t it be great if they did break through the gender barrier of Major League Baseball?

Just think, one day in the far distant future, MLB could be celebrating Eri Yoshida  or Chelsea Baker Day, just like they do now with Jackie Robinson Day.

Wouldn’t that be something?

JacobyCongratulations Jacoby on grabbing the team record for the most bases stolen in a single season!




Red Sox Indians BaseballWelcome back Wake.  Glad to have you back on the mound again!





BASEBALL/And finally to Victor Martinez–good luck catching Wake’s knuckle-ball and kudos for being willing to try!




And there you have it, two of my favorite players and one who seems destined to join the club.  I don’t know a lot about Martinez, or V-Mart as I’ve heard him called, but I like what I’ve seen so far.


Is this all it takes?  Seriously?  Looks like I have yet another superstition to add to my ever-growing list when it comes to the Red Sox. 

About the same time I was posting that blog entry yesterday–I really need to pay more attention to the schedule when my guys are on the road!–the Red Sox, led impressively by Tim Wakefield, ended their road trip with a win.  Wake shut the A’s down for 7 1/3 innings while the rest of the team did something they usually don’t do when Wake’s on the mound–they scored runs.  Final score, Boston 8, Oakland 2.

I knew they could do it–despite my rant from yesterday–and the victory is all that much sweeter to me because it was Wake pitching.  I’ve had a semi-crush on him for years, not only is he a joy to watch–love that knuckleball!–but he always seems to step up on the mound and deliver when we need it most.

Red Sox Indians BaseballThanks for doing it again, Wake!  I always suspected it, but now I know for sure, you’re the best!

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