Originally posted on RedSoxLife  |  Last updated 2/18/12
If Varitek elects to retire, Saltalamacchia has a keepsake. In 2007, while with the Atlanta Braves, he asked Varitek to sign a Red Sox jersey. Above his signature, Varitek scribbled a message: “Catch with pride.”That's from this Herald blog piece.Call it a whisper campaign if you like, but I'll say it out loud: it's time to call it a day, Captain."BUT HE CAN STILL PLAY!" Lots of guys can still play. My theory: the team is handling this with kid gloves. They know people deserve better exits than Francona got. They're not not in this business to be jerks. But a minor league deal, to the captain of the team, is a pretty clear message. There's no room for Tek on the roster.Tim Wakefield mentioned his family yesterday. I don't mean to be rude, but his family was still there when he said he still wanted to play. I don't blame anyone for wanting to play. I'd play if I could.Tek can still play. But there's also the future to think of, and we need to let the future begin.It's not stepping...
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