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Cal Ripken, Jason Varitek and 3 more of the worst All-Stars of the century

Cal Ripken’s a Hall of Famer, and his 2001 All-Star home run earned him the game’s MVP award. But based on his first-half (...)

Stephen Drew, the last remaining free-agent hitter you care about

Stephen Drew is one of those weird cases, a mid-first rounder who should have been a top-three pick, like Jason Varitek or Jered Weaver. Drew was supposed to be an All-Star, if not a perennial MVP candidate. He was a golden draftee, the kind that don't come around but once or twice every few years. He turned out to be pretty okay. Show More Summary

My 100 Favorite Red Sox Cards - 75 Through 51

Continuing on with the countdown, let's bite off another chunk of 25 and look at cards 75 through 51 today... #75 - 2008 Upper Deck Jason Varitek Quite a few good arguments for this one. 2008 Upper Deck, World Series Championship trophy (and sweatshirt), and team captain. Show More Summary

Red Sox 9, Phillies 2: FIVE Steals!

Holy Buckets! Why is it that when something THIS amazing happens, I don’t get to see it? The Jason Varitek smashing his glove into A-Rod’s Face? Blackout. That Clay Person throwing his no hitter in 2007? On a Cruise Ship. The Game where the Sox beat the Marlins 25-8? Board Retreat. Last night? Blackout. Holy [...]

Duquette's Defrauding

Today is the 15th anniversary of one of the most lopsided trades in baseball history. On July 31, 1997, the Boston Red Sox traded Heathcliff Slocumb to Seattle for Derek Lowe and Jason Varitek. WAR after the trade Lowe 30.2 (18 with Boston) Varitek 21.3 Slocumb 0.5

Boston mayor celebrates Celtics’ “KJ” and “Hondo,” not KG and Rondo (video)

5 years agoSports : The Early Lead

Over the last decade, the city of Boston has celebrated professional championships in hockey, basketball, football and baseball. And Manglin’ Mayor Thomas Menino has presided over ’em all. There was JasonVaritek splitting the uprights” instead of Adam Vinatieri. Tom Brady’s favorite receivers, Rob “Grabowski” (Gronkowski) and Wes “Weckler” (Welker). Read full article >>

Opening Day For The Red Sox

At the first game at Fenway Park this year, the Red Sox invited a pair of old friends to throw out the ceremonial first pitch: Tim Wakefield and Jason Varitek. There was a delay as Wakefield waited for Varitek to be replaced by Doug Mirabelli. The ceremonial first pitch was clocked at 67 m.p.h. and it was hit down the line for a double.

O Captain, My Captain

When you think to yourself, "Gosh, I can't believe that Jason Varitek isn't playing anymore!", it probably helps to remember that he was alive when these colors were normal and acceptable: There you go. Now he seems a lot older to y...

Jason Varitek Retires From Red Sox, Leaves Amorphous Legacy

5 years agoSports : The Big Lead

Defining Varitek is challenging. He was not a great player, yet was an indelible part of greatness. He could be little better than a replacement catcher, yet a presence virtually impossible to replace.

Over The Monster: Jason Varitek's Emotional Farewell

You might not care a whit about Jason Varitek. You're only reading this because you accidentally clicked on a link on the sidebar of one of your favorite team blogs. Sorry about that. But you can still relate to the Jason Varitek retirement, even if only through the perspective of your own team. Show More Summary

Jason Varitek walks away from Red Sox, leaving behind a classic image with A-Rod

5 years agoSports : The Early Lead

Whether it’s a football player, like Kris Dielman in San Diego, or a baseball player at spring training, it’s never easy for an athlete to say goodbye to his career. Boston Red Sox catcher Jason Varitek retired Thursday, tearing up as he looked at his teammates in a press conference on the JetBlue Park diamond in Fort Myers, Fla. Read full article >>

Jason Varitek Announces Retirement At JetBlue Park

What was already known now is official: Jason Varitek has retired from professional baseball after spending a decade and a half with the Boston Red Sox. Varitek announced his retirement Thursday from JetBlue Park, home of the Red Sox during spring training. You can watch video here, from ESPN Boston. Said Varitek: "My decision to retire wasn't something that I took lightly [...]Show More Summary

Jason Varitek Retirement: Longtime Red Sox Catcher to Retire

After 15 big league seasons behind the plate in Boston, Red Sox catcher and team captain Jason Varitek has reached his peak as a baseball player and is ready to retire. According to a press release by the team, the Varitek, 39, will make official retirement announcement at 5:30pm EST at the team’s spring training [...]Show More Summary

February 29th, 2012: The Other Shoe Dropped…

We all knew it was coming, we just were not sure when: Jason Varitek is retiring from baseball, with his official announcement happening tomorrow at 5:30… So why did Tim Wakefield’s departure sadden me more? Please don’t get me wrong. There is a veritable laundry list of things Jason Varitek did for the Sox: GREAT [...]

Why Red Sox Might Miss Jason Varitek's Defense

Jason Varitek's not going to play any more. Nobody seems to know how to measure a catcher's defensive value. How are those two statements related? Here's Over the Monster's (and Baseball Nation's) Marc Normandin on Varitek and the recent...Show More Summary

Red Sox catcher Jason Varitek to retire

5 years agoSports : The Early Lead

From his rugged beard to the eyes that pierced through his mask behind home plate, Jason Varitek epitomized the resilient nature that characterized the Boston Red Sox during their run of success over the last decade. Read full article >>

The Jason Varitek The Mariners Dealt

Reports that Jason Varitek will shortly announce his retirement mean different things to different people. For Red Sox fans, Varitek's retirement marks the end of an era. For Yankees fans, Varitek's retirement is another change to the nature of the rivalry. Show More Summary

Longtime Red Sox Catcher Jason Varitek Will Retire

Jason Varitek came to the Boston Red Sox along with Derek Lowe in one of the most lopsided deals in recent major league history, on July 31, 1997, in exchange for reliever Heathcliff Slocumb. Who? Exactly. Slocumb had been a decent closer...Show More Summary

Jason Varitek To Announce Retirement

The Boston Red Sox signed Kelly Shoppach on Tuesday. That's not especially exciting news. Team Signs Backup Catcher has never been a headline on the front page of the Boston Globe. It's never been a headline on the front page of Backup Catcher Quarterly -- no one cares about backup catchers. In this case, though, it means something. Show More Summary

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