Jason Varitek's days behind the plate as the Red Sox catcher are over, though his involvement with the organization is not. Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington appointed Varitek as a special assistant to the GM, which brings Varitek back into the world of baseball in Boston. Show More Summary
John Farrell is the new manager of the Boston Red Sox. He takes over a team that won just 69 games, Boston's worst season since 1965. Farrell is expected to restore order to a clubhouse and team in disarray, but former Red Sox catcher Jason Varitek would have been a better choice for the job. Show More Summary
The rumors are already circulating on Red Sox.com and elsewhere that Torey Lovullo will be joining new Red Sox manager John Farrell’s staff as bench coach. Since Lovullo served as Farrell’s first base coach in Toronto and is also familiar with the Red Sox organization – having managed at Triple-A Pawtucket in 2010 – this seems like a logical choice. Show More Summary
After spending nearly seven months at home with his family and adjusting to life as a non-major league baseball player, Jason Varitek is back with the Boston Red Sox. However, it is not as manager as many Red Sox fans had hoped. For the time being, that is probably best. Show More Summary
The Red Sox are in trouble. The team sits 12.5 games out of first place in the AL East, unable to catch the Yankees and the surging Rays. On top of that, the Red Sox are 6.5 games out of the wild card race, and have not won a series since they played Detroit in late July. Show More Summary
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
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Jarrod Saltalamacchia is putting together a fine season for himself. The 27-year-old catcher from West Palm Beach, Florida has taken over the rather difficult task of filling the shoes of a Boston icon in Jason Varitek. Varitek was highly...Show More Summary
With the changing of the guard at Fenway Park we have seen also the changing of the socks. For many years Jason Varitek, known for his notable big C on the chest, was dubbed official “Captain” of the team. One of the unwritten signs he was the old fashioned task master was the way he wore his red stockings. Show More Summary
“You be Jason Varitek, and I’ll be Tim Wakefield,” my daughter yells, grabbing her mitt and heading to the backyard for some post-dinner pitching. At seven years old, Rachel is already on her second hand-me-down glove from big brother Jason, but she’s never asked me for a new one. Show More Summary
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 Jason “Varitek splitting the uprights” instead of Adam Vinatieri. Tom Brady’s favorite receivers, Rob “Grabowski” (Gronkowski) and Wes “Weckler” (Welker). Read full article >>
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.
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...
The announced retirements of Tim Wakefield and Jason Varitek have triggered a youth movement in the city of Boston, albeit inadvertently. Through the ashes of a failed 2011 season (and yes, even with 90 wins, it was a failure) and the slate being wiped clean, there are a lot of fresh new faces taking the field in 2012. Show More Summary
Between Jason Varitek’s retirement announcement and Peyton Manning’s press conference yesterday, we’ve been sharing a lot of tears here on howiGit—for that I apologize. But just as Bostonian’s owed Varitek a moment of reflection, a thank...Show More Summary
Now that the tears have subsided and the deluge of tributes has slowed, we can ask the question: Where does Jason Varitek rank all-time among Boston Red Sox captains? Nineteen men have worn the "C" for the Red Sox franchise (some were Boston Americans), beginning in 1901 and stretching all the way to 2011. Show More Summary
Roster turnover is one of the inevitables of Major League Baseball, especially in these days of free agency and the luxury tax. The most visible departures from the 2011 Red Sox roster are probably the retirements of Jason Varitek and Tim Wakefield. Show More Summary
Clearing snow off my windshield in the shadow of Fenway Park, I listened to Jason Varitek’s retirement speech on the cranked-up car radio. Tek’s voice cracked at the mention of his daughters and teammates, and I felt something crack inside me as well. Show More Summary
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.