Captain Tek, the pitcher’s catcher, “a man’s man” retires tomorrow
By Earl Nash
“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."
- 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.
- The 2011 Jason Varitek Celebrity Putt-Putt Tournament
- $700,000 raised for Children’s Hospital
- 2011 MTA “Reading Matters” Summer Reading Contest
- Pitching in for Kids events for 2011
- Jason Varitek Celebrity Putt Putt Tournament
- Captain’s Cabernet for the Pitching In For Kids Foundation
- Massachusetts Teachers Association Red Sox Reading Game
- Celebrities for Charity Foundation, Inc.
- The Red Sox Foundation
- Fenway Park 1, 2, 3
- The Jimmy Fund
- Pitching in for Kids Foundation
- The 2009 Capital Grille Celebrity Golf Events
- Buses For Baseball
- National Youth Volunteer Initiative
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