Eri Yoshida Nearly Speechless After Meeting Idol Tim Wakefield Most young pitchers in Japan model their games after Daisuke Matsuzaka, but at least one is trying to follow in the footsteps of Tim Wakefield.

Eri Yoshida, 18, taught herself the knuckleball after seeing Wakefield pitch. She was signed by a Japanese team in 2008, and she’s been offered a contract by an independent league team this winter.

On Tuesday, Yoshida got to meet Wakefield, and as you can see below, it was an unforgettable moment in her life.