The entire Massachusetts sports community was rocked earlier this month when it was announced former Boston Red Sox legend Tim Wakefield had passed away due to complications from brain cancer. His former teammates sent their thoughts to Wakefield's family, remembering him for being a great player and even better person.
With the New England Patriots back at home on Sunday to face the New Orleans Saints, the organization honored Wakefield with a classy move.
The Patriots held a moment of silence during their Week 5 game against the Saints. The video board displayed an image of Wakefield as fans throughout Gillette Stadium remembered the two-time World Series winner.
This is an awesome move by New England. It also shows how much Wakefield's loss has affected the entire community, not just those who are a part of Red Sox Nation.
Wakefield enjoyed an incredible 19-year MLB career, 17 seasons of which were spent in Boston. His trademark knuckleball made him a widely known talent around the majors, and he threw it to great success. The righty posted a whopping 186 wins as a member of the Red Sox.
Wakefield wasn't just an All-Star selection and champion, though. He made a massive impact in the area through his charitable efforts, which earned him Boston's Roberto Clemente award eight times. He helped children in the greater New England community through a variety of initiatives, including a celebrity golf tournament to raise money for young people with special needs.