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Tim Wakefield got to throw one more knuckleball at Fenway Park.
The Red Sox honored Wakefield on Tuesday afternoon with a ceremony before Boston's game against Seattle. He wiped away a few tears during all the accolades for both his 17 seasons of pitching and his charitable work, which earned him the Roberto Clemente Award in 2010.
Boston brought in former catcher Doug Mirabelli to catch the ceremonial first pitch, which was a knuckler that floated to the right of home plate.
Wakefield thanked the fans, saying he will always remember the ovations he received in nearly two decades of pitching for Boston.
Wakefield's No. 49 was cut into the grass in center field and video tributes and thank-yous showed throughout the game.
Only Carl Yastrzemski (23), Dwight Evans (19) and Ted Williams (19) played more seasons for the Red Sox than Wakefield. Wakefield also ranks third in all-time wins in club history, trailing only Cy Young and Roger Clemens.
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