September 14, 2011; Boston, MA, USA; Boston Red Sox pitcher John Lackey (left) and catcher Jason Varitek (right) talk on the mound during the fifth inning against the Toronto Blue Jays at Fenway Park. Mandatory Credit: Greg M. Cooper-US PRESSWIRE

Captain Tek, the pitcher's catcher, "a man's man" retires tomorrow


“He is a man’s man…He was a big hitter when needed. He was a leader of the pitching staff. He was able to beat up Alex. All that stuff is good stuff. He was exactly what he was supposed to be.” [Bobby Valentine]

Jason Varitek, one of only three Captains of the Red Sox from 2005-11, will announce his retirement Thursday at Jet Blue Park in Fort Myers.  As Captain he led by example and commanded the respect of his team mates with his actions on the field. 

He was a man’s man.  He was a gamer.  He left it all on the field.

Maybe they can schedule “Jason Varitek Day” at Fenway with A-Rod and the Yankees in town.

from:  http://jason-varitek.com/biography.htm

  • Baseball America’s 1993 Player of the Year
  • Selected to Baseball America’s “All-Time College All-Star Team”
  • Three-time Consensus All-American (1992, 1993 & 1994)
  • Inducted in to Georgia Tech Hall of Fame
  • 1994 College World Series runner-up
  • Most career games played (253)
  • Most career runs scored (261)
  • Most career base hits (351)
  • Most career doubles (82)
  • Most home runs in a single game (3)
  • Most career home runs (57)
  • Most career RBI’s (251)
  • Most career total bases (610)
  • Most walks in a season (76)

This is a short list of Mr. Varitek’s involvement in the community.

 

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  • Lestahh17

    I read the same thing on boston.com by Pete Abe. Really, the same, thing.

  • EarlNash

     @Lestahh17 Yes, we have been having problems with our computer posting service; I posted it with the intention of then revising it, but the system went down and I went to bed.  I meant to get back to it and make the correction today, but got wrapped up in research for a long article on the best line-up for the Red Sox.  It is now corrected.  You will note that it is our standard practice to credit sources in our stories; see my post coming next about the lineups.  A good wake up call to not get to rushed and careless.  Thanks!