The Boston Red Sox have disclosed that their former knuckleballer and announcer, Tim Wakefield, is presently undergoing treatment for an unspecified illness. They have made a plea to fans to respect his privacy, especially after his health condition was revealed without his consent by his ex-teammate, Curt Schilling.
The team issued an official statement on a recent Thursday, following Schilling’s revelation on a podcast that Wakefield was battling brain cancer. This revelation triggered an outpouring of support for Wakefield and a wave of criticism directed towards Schilling. The Red Sox explicitly mentioned that they were releasing this statement with the consent of Wakefield and his wife, Stacy.
In their statement, the team expressed regret that this private health information had been made public without the explicit permission of Wakefield and Stacy. They emphasized that their health journey is a deeply personal matter, and their intention was to maintain confidentiality as they navigate treatment for the illness. Tim and Stacy Wakefield are grateful for the outpouring of support and affection that has always surrounded them, and they are kindly requesting privacy during this challenging time.
Tim Wakefield, aged 57, retired from professional baseball in 2012, boasting a record of 200 wins and 192 losses, along with a career earned run average (ERA) of 4.41, spanning over 3,000 major league innings. He played a pivotal role in the Boston Red Sox’s World Series victories in 2004 and 2007 and was inducted into the team’s Hall of Fame in 2016. Since his retirement, Wakefield has been associated with NESN, the Red Sox’s broadcast network, and has remained actively involved in various charitable initiatives in Boston, including the Red Sox Foundation.
On the other hand, Curt Schilling, who was a teammate of Wakefield from 2004 to 2007, retired from professional baseball in 2009. He transitioned to a career as an ESPN analyst before being dismissed in 2016 due to controversial social media posts, including anti-transgender remarks and support for extreme actions such as lynching journalists and the January 6th insurrection. Additionally, his video game company, 38 Studios, faced bankruptcy and defaulted on a $75 million loan from the state of Rhode Island.
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Schilling had battled throat cancer in 2014 and subsequently reported it was in remission. He was honored with a place in the Red Sox Hall of Fame in 2012, but his hopes of being inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 2022 were dashed as he fell short of the required 75% vote threshold, receiving only 58.6% support. This marked his final year of eligibility for such an induction.