It’s not every day that a baseball legend passes away, but when it happens, it feels like losing a member of the family. For David Ortiz, the loss of Tim Wakefield hits close to home. In a heartfelt tribute, Big Papi took to social media to express his condolences and remember his former teammate as “like family.”
Wakefield, who passed away on Monday at the age of 78, was a beloved figure in Boston sports history. Known for his iconic knuckleball pitch, he played for the Red Sox for 17 seasons, earning him a spot in the team’s Hall of Fame. But beyond his impressive stats and achievements, Wakefield left a lasting impact on those who knew him best.
Ortiz, who played alongside Wakefield from 2003 to 2011, shared fond memories of their time together on Instagram. “My man, my friend, my teammate,” he captioned a photo of them embracing. “You were always there for me, no matter what. You had my back, and I had yours. Rest easy, my brother.”
Their bond went beyond the diamond. Ortiz often spoke about how Wakefield welcomed him into the Red Sox family when he first joined the team. They became close friends, with Wakefield even serving as a mentor to Ortiz’s son, D’Angelo.
For families all over New England, the relationship between Ortiz and Wakefield represents something bigger than just sports. It symbolizes the power of camaraderie, loyalty, and love that transcends the game. As fans mourn the loss of a true baseball great, they take comfort in knowing that the bonds formed on and off the field can last a lifetime.
In times of grief, we look to our support systems – whether it’s our immediate family, extended loved ones, or the community that rallies around us. When tragedy strikes, we find solace in sharing memories, offering hugs, and reminding each other that we’re never alone.
David Ortiz’s tribute to Tim Wakefield serves as a poignant reminder of the importance of these relationships. As we celebrate the life and legacy of a baseball icon, let’s embrace the lessons he taught us about friendship, compassion, and the unbreakable bonds that connect us all. May Wakefield rest in peace, surrounded by the love and admiration of those whose lives he touched.