On The Big Show this Tuesday, Tim Wakefield, like virtually everybody else on the planet,stated that he thinks the Sox have a real shot to win it all this year.
"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."
Well, yeah. I don't know if it's that I feel like we've been jinxed (I do), or that I like to maintain some form of humble facade, but I'd be more comfortable with a bland, "We've got the talent, but we have a long way to go before we start talking about October" quote.
But the real interesting part is when he was asked about the 13 wins he needs to catch Clemens and Cy Young for the all-time Sox wins record of 179.
"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."
For the Sox sake, I hope Wakefield isn't in any type of position to grab that record this season. If he is, that means we've been hit with one or more serious injuries.
If he gets 6-8 wins this season, I could see him trying to hang around next year as well. Not sure if he's going to get that chance.