Doug Mirabelli was Tim Wakefield‘s personal catcher with the Red Sox for seven years. In fact, the two created such a bond and Mirabelli was so efficient at catching the knuckleball that Boston brought the catcher back in 2006 after he began the season in San Diego.
Mirabelli arrived with a police escort just before gametime after the Red Sox completed a trade to bring him back to Boston that year. So when the Sox held a pregame ceremony on Tuesday to honor Wakefield, it was only fitting that he returned that same way.
Check out the video above to see Mirabelli’s awesome arrival on Tuesday, and to see Wakefield deliver one last knuckleball to his former battery mate.