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Wakefield set to become old Red Sox player ever

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Tim Wakefield is on the verge of making history for the Red Sox.

When Wakefield throws his next pitch, he will become the oldest player to appear in a game for the 111-year-old franchise. Catcher Deacon McGuire has held the distinction since Aug. 24, 1908, at the age of 44 years and 280 days. Wakefield turned 44 years and 281 days old Monday.

"Pretty cool story, isn't it?" Wakefield said. "I'm very honored. It means I've persevered through a lot and have been able to last this long. I feel very blessed and lucky at the same time."

Wakefield's path hasn't been free of bumps. He was demoted to Triple-A in 1994 and released by the Pittsburgh Pirates early in the 1995 season, allowing then Red Sox general manager Dan Duquette to pick him up.

Last winter, Wakefield said he hadn't decided if this will be his final season. He still hasn't made any decisions. His contract with the Red Sox expires after the season, but he needs only seven victories to reach 200 for his career, a milestone he hopes to reach.

"Until they tell me I stink, or they don't want me around anymore," Wakefield said when asked how long he will play. "I don't know. I haven't given it that much thought."

Asked if he would consider playing for another team after so many years with the Red Sox, Wakefield indicated he would be open to it.

"It depends on the situation," he said. "I wouldn't rule it out. I want to retire a Red Sox, but I'm not going to rule that out. The situation's got to be right. I wouldn't go to Seattle and move my family out west or something crazy like that. It would have to be the right situation."

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