He doesn’t bitch or moan or complain when defense tosses a game. Doesn’t whine about how The Man’s keeping him down when he’s left off the playoff roster. Shows up to visit sick kids because he wants to, not because his PR people told him to. And he kept Doug Mirabelli off the streets for years, which I’m certain had an impact on petty crime figures across the city.

He’s Tim Wakefield. And he’ll be your pitcher tonight.