Saturday was a glorious day in the history of my high school alma mater. Yesterday, for the first time ever, former Eau Gallie Commodore Class of 1984 Tim Wakefield faced former Eau Gallie Commodore Class of 2002 Prince Fielder. Since only one other baseball player from my high school has ever made the big leagues, former reliever Jeff Tam, this is kinda a big deal.
Unfortunately, due to the Brewers league shift back in ’98, the Brewers don’t play Boston regularly. So I, and all the possibly dozens and dozens of EGHS fans that care about stuff like this, have had to wait nearly three years into young Prince’s career for a highly anticipated match-up against Wakefield.
So what did these Commodore legends do against each other?
In the top of the second, Fielder grounded to short.
In the top of the fourth, Fielder doubled to deep right.
In the top of the sixth, Fielder flied out to center.
So overall, Fielder went 1 for 3 with a double against his Commodore predecesor. As the Brewers won’t face the Red Sox again until 2011 and Wakefield is already 49 years old (give or take a few years), this might be the only big league match-up of the two Eau Gallie High players and maybe the last one of its kind for a while.
Until the next Commodore makes the majors.