Tek Takes a Bow

After 15 years behind the plate for the Boston Red Sox, last week Jason Varitek announced his retirement from Major League Baseball. This really is a bittersweet moment for a Red Sox and Varitek fan. On the one hand I would really love to see the Captain suit up for another year, but I am really glad that he decided to retire as a member of the Red Sox rather than diminish what he has meant to Red Sox Nation by squeezing out one more year in another uniform.

Some interesting things about Varitek and his remarkable career in Boston:

Varitek caught a Major League record four no-hitters: Hideo Nomo (2001), Derek Lowe (2002), Clay Buchholz (2007) and Jon Lester (2008).

Tek was number four (behind Manny Ramirez, JD Drew, and Mike Lowell) in the four-homers-in-a-row at Fenway against the Yankees on April 22, 2007. Sadly, Mr. Fish and I had left Boston for home that morning and we only got to see it on teevee.

Regarding the fight with A-Rod in 2004:

I was just being a teammate. It wasn’t something that you’re proud of. We’ve been down this road talking with my kids. It’s just being a teammate. Things were going on, being said to my teammate, and it just happened to happen that way.

Varitek no longer signs photos of the fight.

Only the third team captain of the Red Sox since 1923. The others were Carl Yaztrzemski (1969-1983) and Jim Rice (1986-1989).

Caught 1,488 games for the Sox, the most ever. Carlton Fisk is second all-time with 990. Played in more post-season games than any other Red Sox player to date.

Tek finishes his career hitting .256 with 196 home runs and 757 RBI. Three times an All-Star.

As I walk away from this game I can look at the man in the mirror and be proud that I gave everything I had to this organization. And once again, I just want to say thank you.

Well stated. We are proud of you, too, Captain.

Relevant Links:

  1. Jason Varitek on BaseballReference.com

  2. Recalling the A-Rod fight.

  3. OverTheMonster.com looks at Tek’s career.