Knuckleballers don’t grow on trees, but yesterday you couldn’t move an inch in Florida Auto Exchange Stadium without bumping into one. On the mound, the Blue Jays had R.A. Dickey, last year’s National League Cy Young winner, while the Red Sox had Steven Wright, their knuckleball project.
And counseling Wright before the game and scouting him from the stands was Red Sox knuckleball legend Tim Wakefield.
Pretty good turnout at the lodge for such a small fraternity.
Wright pitched a strong two innings, allowing two hits, striking out three and walking none. He credited Wakefield’s advice — lead with his front foot and set up closer to the first base side of the rubber — for the solid results.
“Those two small adjustments I felt made a huge adjustment on my feel for the pitch and I was able to keep it in the strike zone,” said Wright.
Manager John Farrell appreciated the results.
Steven Wright impresses tutor Tim Wakefield, Red Sox
Boston Herald | Feb 26