Wakefield slides into No. 2 spot on list of oldest first-time All-Stars
The days of honorary All-Star selections, it appears, are gone. Because of the home-field importance of the Midsummer Classic, no more graying
But they'd be missing the point. Sure, sport's moral compass could point to his deservedness -- Wakefield is one of the most-respected ambassadors of the game -- but it just so happens that his 2009 stats are pointing to the same midsummer conclusion. The knuckleballer's 11 wins are tied for the majors' best, and he's been the panacea in the bumping, bruised Boston rotation, helping the Red Sox to the best record in the league at the break.
Wakefield's selection couldn't have come soon enough. At 42 years old, with 17 years under his belt, his tank is almost on empty. Granted, he could pull a