Terry Francona narrates Tim Wakefield's touching tribute video


Terry Francona narrates touching Tim Wakefield tribute video that originally appeared on NBC Sports Boston

The Boston Red Sox honored the late Tim Wakefield and the 2004 World Series team before Tuesday's home game against the Baltimore Orioles. Former Red Sox manager Terry Francona was not present for personal reasonsbut he still took the time to pay tribute to the beloved knuckleballer.

Francona, who led Boston to World Series titles in 2004 and 2007, hosted an emotional Wakefield tribute video released by MLB Network. The longtime MLB executive beautifully told the story of Wakefield's unique playing career, mentioning his many contributions off the field, including his work with the Jimmy Fund.

“It was an honor to manage Tim Wakefield,” Francona said. “He was a really good pitcher. He was an even better man.”

Watch the full video below:

Francona managed Wakefield and the Red Sox from 2004 to 2011. He then captained the Cleveland Guardians for 11 seasons (2013-23).

Wakefield died of brain cancer on October 1 at the age of 57. His wife, Stacy, passed away on February 28 after battling pancreatic cancer.

The Red Sox honored the Wakefield family and 2004 team with their own video tribute at Fenway Park. Tim and Stacy's children, Trevor and Brianna, walked onto the field along with members of the 2004 club. Brianna capped off the ceremony perfectly by throwing out the first pitch to Wakefield's longtime teammate and close friend Jason Varitek.