Straight shooting from former Boston Red Sox player at pro-am

info@islandpacket.comApril 17, 2013 

Former Boston Red Sox pitcher Tim Wakefield played in Wednesday's pro-am, hitting the ball a lot straighter than he used to pitch his knuckle ball.

"I finished with a 77 or 78," he said.

But the red socks embroidered on his shirt hinted that his mind was elsewhere.

"My thoughts and prayers are with the families of the victims in Boston," he said of Monday's bombing at the Boston Marathon. "Hopefully, we can spread those prayers throughout the nation."

Wakefield said he was invited to play by Eddie Andrews, director of marketing for Hargray Communications of Hilton Head.

He also played in the Hilton Head Island Celebrity Golf Tournament in August.

The Celebrity Golf Tournament's board chairman, Paul Smith, who followed Wakefield's group led by pro Matt Kuchar, said Wakefield did much more than play in the Labor Day Weekend tournament. He bid more than $10,000 for a piece of glass art made from the debris of the World Trade Center after Sept. 11, 2001.

The art remained on the island and is destined for public display, Smith said. The money went to the 19 area children's charities that benefit from the celebrity tournament.

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