Jason Varitek is retired. And it is the right thing to do. His bat is gone. His ability to catch is diminished. And the great collapse last year showed that maybe his ability to handle the pitchers and lead may be in the past as well.
There is new leadership in Boston. Francona, Theo and Wakefield are all gone.
It makes sense.
It was time.
And now is the time to salute the Captain.
The man who has played in more post season games than any Red Sox player ever.
Has the most post season homers for any catcher.
He hit the game tying homer in the decisive Game 5 of the 2003 Division Series.
He drove home the first run in Game 6 of the 2004 ALCS.
His first inning triple started the scoring of Game 2 of the 2004 World Series.
He drove in 2 runs in Game 1 of the 2007 World Series
And of course he caught more no hitters than any other catcher in history.
He was the captain for two World Champion Red Sox teams.
One of these days he’ll probably be the manager.
But for now, let’s salute the player I have insisted on called The Lobster.
Farewell my captain.