It's been nearly a month since Tim Wakefield suddenly passed away from brain cancer, but Red Sox Nation is still mourning his loss. Similar to when Jerry Remy passed away after the 2021 season, losing a person of Wakefield's caliber leaves a big hole in the organization that takes a long time to heal.
While Red Sox fans didn't have much insight into Wakefield's final days, his wife Stacy recently shared a message that Wakefield wanted to leave behind, proving once again that he was an amazing person until the end.
While reflecting back on his life, Wakefield had some great lessons to share that we should all take to heart.
True to form, Wakefield emphasized the importance of helping others. That should come as no surprise for someone who was nominated eight times for MLB's prestigious Roberto Clemente Award, winning it in 2010.
Wakefield was always generous with his team and deeply devoted to charity work in the community. He truly took the saying "To whom much is given, much will be required" to heart. He raised millions of dollars for various charities throughout his career, most of which were aimed at helping children.
The legendary Red Sox pitcher enjoyed his share of fame, wealth and status over the years, but that always seemed secondary to him. He stressed that money and material goods aren't that important in life. At the end of the day, you can't take any of it with you and your life won't be judged on it. Nobody puts your net worth on your tombstone, and your fancy car and vacation house won't show up to your funeral.
In the end, Wakefield noted, the most important thing is having a positive impact on other people's lives.
Well said, Wake. Well said.
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