Found March 03, 2012 on RedSoxLife:
You've got to hand it to the Sox this time. They handled Tim Wakefield and Jason Varitek with delicacy. They clearly never wanted to sign them, but they had the decency to offer them minor league deals. (Some players would be insulted by that -- but it seems, from all reactions, that it was a gesture that was appreciated.)But now, there's another staple of Red Sox Nation that needs to go. (And no offense meant to the great careers of Tek and Wake -- I am not making a direct comparison.)The home opener is April 13. It will be exciting to see who's there to start.But one thing should not be there. I think you know what I'm talking about."Sweet Caroline" has to go.

Jason Varitek bids emotional goodbye

Jason Varitek has officially announced his retirement, bringing to an end a beloved 15-year career with the Boston Red Sox. Varitek made the announcement on Thursday night at the team's spring training facility in Fort Myers, Fla. Many of his teammates, his parents, Red Sox ownership and his wife and three daughters all attended. Varitek says he grappled with the decision for...

Jason Varitek's Retirement News Conference an Emotional Time for Teammates, Family, Fans (Photos)

Red Sox catcher Jason Varitek certainly had a memorable run during his 15 seasons in Boston. After coming over in a trade with the Seattle Mariners in 1997, Varitek's accomplishments ranged from compiling over 1,300 hits and three All-Star appearances to helping the Sox end their 86-year World Series drought in 2004. The Captain became legendary in Boston when he went head-to...

Jason Varitek Announces Retirement in Emotional News Conference, Close Relationships Integral in Decision to Retire With Red Sox

FORT MYERS, Fla. –– Until the very end, Jason Varitek prepared for a return. As Varitek contemplated his future, the possibility of returning to the Red Sox still enticed him. A minor-league contract with the Red Sox was on the table, prompting the catcher to continue practicing. And Varitek flaunted the battle scars to prove it. "Yeah, look at my hands," Varitek said...

Jason Varitek Retires a Red Sox Legend, But Offensive Numbers Don't Merit Trip to Cooperstown

In his 15 years in a Red Sox uniform, Jason Varitek has earned the right to be mentioned in the same sentence as players such as Carlton Fisk, Johnny Pesky and Jim Rice when discussing team legends. Winning two World Series, being behind the plate for four no-hitters and catching the most games in Red Sox history can do that. However, despite being admired by fans and taking on a...

Tim Wakefield Puts Don Orsillo Through Grueling Workout Regimen in Old-School NESN Promo (Video)

Don Orsillo has been a mainstay in NESN's Red Sox broadcasts since the beginning of the 2001 season. But Tim Wakefield, arriving to Boston in 1995, had some seniority on the play-by-play announcer throughout his career. The knucklerballer exhibited that seniority by putting Orsillo through a grueling workout regimen as Orsillo prepared for Sox telecasts. OK, maybe not really...

Jason Varitek Proud of Career With Red Sox, Says His Goal Was to Always Be Good Teammate (Video)

Jason Varitek closed out his career with the Boston Red Sox in the same fashion that he exuded throughout his 15 years in Boston, with class. Varitek stood at the podium and expressed his heartfelt gratitude and appreciation for everything and everyone throughout his 15 seasons in the big leagues. But more than anything he expressed his great sense of pride and joy with all he and...

For Varitek, it was never about the numbers

Jason Varitek retired Thursday Trade deadline, 1997. For a Seattle Mariners knee deep in a American League West playoff race, the Mariners found it necessary to trade for an established pitcher to try and make a run for the playoffs. They struck a deal with the Boston Red Sox to acquire Heathcliff Solcumb for two prospects, pitcher Derek Lowe and catcher Jason Varitek. Both players...

Vote: What Is Your Favorite Jason Varitek Memory?

When you think of some of the best Red Sox moments of the last decade, you can't help but think of Jason Varitek. Tek has been a part of many memorable Sox moments, from brawls to no-hitters to World Series wins. But which one is your favorite? Was it Tek jumping into Keith Faulk's arms when the Sox won it all in 2004? Or how about The Captain being hoisted up by Jonathan...

Jason Varitek Press Conference - Live Video

Watch the Jason Varitek press conference live from Fort Myers starting at 5:30 PM Eastern.  Varitek will be announcing his retirement from MLB.

Video: Full Jason Varitek Retirement Press Conference

In case you were working or otherwise occupied, here is the full retirement press conference of Boston Red Sox captain and catcher Jason Varitek courtesy of the Boston Globe. Follow Ian on Twitter @soxanddawgs. And be sure to like us on Facebook as well.

Video: Tribute to Jason Varitek

ESPN Boston's Gordon Edes tribute to Jason Varitek. You can find the transcript here.

Ozzie Guillen weighs in on Jason Varitek’s retirement in typical Ozzie fashion

Longtime Boston Red Sox catcher Jason Varitek is announcing his retirement from baseball Thursday and given his status as a well-respected representative of the game (except when it comes to A-Rod and the Yankees, probably), it is expected that players, managers, front office personnel from all across Major League Baseball will express their congratulatory opinions [...]

Tune In to NESN at 5:30 p.m. for Live Coverage of Jason Varitek's Retirement Followed by 'Red Sox Live From Fort Myers'

Jason Varitek will formally announce his retirement on Thursday, and NESN has you covered. Be sure to tune in to NESN starting at 5:30 p.m. for live coverage of the captain's news conference. Then, stick around as Varitek joins Tom Caron and Jerry Remy live on stage for Red Sox Live From Fort Myers Presented by Jordan's Furniture. Red Sox first baseman Adrian Gonzalez will...

Josh Beckett Tries to Develop Rapport With Catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia in First Spring Training Start

FORT MYERS, Fla. –– Josh Beckett is transitioning to life without Jason Varitek. As Varitek adjusts to retirement, the right-hander made his first start of the spring Sunday with Jarrod Saltalamacchia as his battery mate. Beckett tossed two frames in the Grapefruit League opener against the Twins, yielding one hit and walking two. In addition to testing out his arm, Beckett was...
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