That ability to rise to the occasion is what appealed to Turner Sports, which signed the man affectionately known as Boomer to a multi-year agreement to join the TBS MLB broadcast team.
"We are very excited to add David as one of our baseball analysts whose remarkable playing career and colorful personality make him a natural fit in the broadcast booth," said David Levy, president of Turner Broadcasting Sales, Inc., and Turner Sports.
Wells will work as a game analyst for select "Sunday MLB on TBS" games in a three-man booth during the regular season with Chip Caray and either Ron Darling or Buck Martinez.
In addition, he will be part of the studio team that features Ernie Johnson, Cal Ripken and Dennis Eckersley for TBS' exclusive coverage of the "MLB All-Star Selection Show" on July 5, and throughout the playoffs as part of TBS' exclusive coverage of all four Division Series and the National League Championship Series.
Wells suited up for nine teams in the big leagues, utilizing pinpoint control and a knee-buckling curveball to finish with an impressive 239-157 record over 21 seasons.
"Baseball is the greatest sport in the world and I look forward to giving the same full-throttle effort I gave when I picked up a baseball from behind the microphone for TBS," said Wells. "It is truly an honor to be working with some of the best in the business of sports television."
Wells' career was not without controversy. The big left-hander drew attention for a few off-the-field mishaps, especially during his time with the Yankees, and he wrote a book that detailed some of his postgame adventures while he was still an active player.
On the other hand, there's no denying the brilliant touch he often displayed on a big league mound. A three-time All-Star and member of two World Series championship squads, Wells collected at least 15 wins nine times in his career. His best season came in 1998, when he pitched a perfect game for the Yanks and went 18-4 to finish third in the American League Cy Young Award balloting.
Wells was especially sharp when his teams needed him most in October, going 10-5 with a 3.17 ERA in 27 postseason games.
Clearly, the man knows what it takes to succeed in the bigs. With the wealth of knowledge he brings to the booth and his ability to call it as he sees it, it's likely Boomer will quickly get comfortable behind the mike for TBS.
Tim Ott is a writer for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.