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Junichi Tazawa Recalls Debut At Yankee Stadium, Chat With Jason Varitek

This embed is invalid" /> It’s been six years since Junichi Tazawa made his major league debut for the Boston Red Sox against the New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium. The night was a forgettable one for Tazawa and hardly an indication of the reliable reliever he’d soon become. “If somebody reminds me of that day, I do think about it, but not usually...
Via NESN.com
24 days ago  |  Discuss

Is Jason Varitek the Next Manager for the Padres?

Could Jason Varitek end up as the new Padres head coach? The Globe’s Nick Cafardo reported on Sunday that this may be the case.
Via CLNS Radio
24 days ago  |  Discuss

Jason Varitek Heading West As Padres Skipper?

(FenwayNation Photo)According to Ryan Posner of The Times Of San Diego, former Red Sox catcher and legend Jason Varitek may be in consideration for the 2016 Padres managerial job. Of course, if John Farrell delivers his second last-place finish in three years, there may be a more attractive opening for Tek right here in Boston. The Boston Globe's Nick Cafardo (whose boss is John...
Via FenwayNation
27 days ago  |  Discuss

Pedro honored in Boston last night, #Pedro45 immortalized FOREVER

Photo Credit: Red Sox Facebook PageScott Levesque Twitter: @mendoza_linesIt was a night to remember. A night when Fenway Park was filled with electricity and excitement; a feeling all to unfamiliar this season.Last night, Pedro Martinez received the greatest honor (outside his Hall of Fame induction) a player could receive - his number retired and cemented alongside some of the...
Via RedSoxLife
July 29, 2015  |  Discuss

Festive Fenway: Red Sox retire Hall of Famer Martinez's No. 45

  The script called for Jason Varitek to remain in the dugout until it was time for the ceremonial first pitch. Pedro Martinez was never one to follow the script. Calling his former catcher out to join him in the center of the diamond, Martinez took the mound and the microphone one more time for the Red Sox during a pregame ceremony to retire the No. 45 he wore in Boston. "Hey,...
Via AP on Fox
July 28, 2015  |  Discuss

Pedro Martinez Caps Number Retirement With Pitch To Jason Varitek (Video)

BOSTON — What better way to conclude Pedro Martinez’s number retirement ceremony than with a pitch to the man who caught so many of Pedro’s over the years. During his speech Tuesday to the packed crowd at Fenway Park, the newly enshrined Hall of Famer called his former catcher, Jason Varitek, to join him on the field. “Come here, Captain,” Martinez said to his old Boston...
Via NESN.com
July 28, 2015  |  Discuss

Jason Varitek Appreciative Of Pedro Martinez’s Boston Red Sox Career

This embed is invalid" /> BOSTON — Pedro Martinez and Jason Varitek represent symbiosis at its finest. Martinez and Varitek fed off each other for seven seasons with the Red Sox. They grew together, they learned together and they succeeded together. As Martinez’s No 45 goes up on the right field façade Tuesday at Fenway Park, Varitek can’t help...
Via NESN.com
July 28, 2015  |  Discuss

Jason Varitek, A-Rod Squared Off At Fenway Park 11 Years Ago (Video)

This embed is invalid" /> Happy anniversary, Boston Red Sox fans — and any other fans of poetic justice. 11 years ago today, this happened. http://t.co/va3ZLLZOIZ— FOX Sports: MLB (@MLBONFOX) July 24, 2015 Exactly 11 years ago Friday, catcher Jason Varitek (literally) took matters into his own hands and punched Alex Rodriguez in the face during a game against...
Via NESN.com
July 24, 2015  |  Discuss

Dodgers catcher Grandal likens himself to Varitek, aspires to be like Molina

The All-Star Game was a reunion -- in a fitting place too -- for Dodgers catcher Yasmani Grandal and Rays pitcher Brad Boxberger. Both players were dealt from the Cincinnati Reds in 2011 in exchange for Matt Latos. Now both of them are All-Stars.Despite his All-Star status, the Orange County Register notes that Grandal still remains under the radar. Grandal responded comparing himself...
Via Fox Sports
July 17, 2015  |  Discuss

No Red Sox, No 'Evil Ones' As All-Star Starters

There was a time when the American League All-Star team was peppered with pinstripes and Carmine Hose. For example, ten years ago, in 2005, Alex Rodriguez joined Manny Ramirez, David Ortiz, Johnny Damon and Jason Varitek as All-Star starters. No longer. Not one AL starter in next week's Midsummer Classic will hail from Boston or New York (even though Mark Teixeira is filling...
Via FenwayNation
July 07, 2015  |  Discuss

Red Sox Draft Pick Andrew Benintendi Reels In 2015 Dick Howser Trophy

This embed is invalid" /> Andrew Benintendi won some hardware Friday. Benintendi, who was drafted seventh overall by the Boston Red Sox earlier this week, was named the 2015 recipient of the Dick Howser Trophy, awarded annually to the best player in college baseball. The Arkansas outfielder led the SEC in batting average (.380), home runs (19), on...
Via NESN.com
June 14, 2015  |  Discuss

Blake Swihart – Another New Face

The Red Sox would have preferred to leave Blake Swihart at Triple-A for one more year, but here he is-the third Sox catcher the Sox have used in this young season. The Sox catching situation has been in flux since Jason Varitek retired in 2011. Jarrod Saltalamacchia was up and down, though showing some power. AJ Pierzynski didn’t hit and had clubhouse issues. David Ross was...
Via Fenway West
May 09, 2015  |  Discuss

Red Sox Pitching Coach Options: Jason Varitek

Image from REUTERS/Rick WilkingRyan MacLeod (@RyanMacLeod15)Contributing WriterWith the firing of Juan Nieves yesterday the question has been raised of who will replace him. With it being so early in the season there are not many names that are available, but on NESN yesterday Rob Bradford mentioned a fan favorite, Jason Varitek. While this mention of the name got people excited...
Via RedSoxLife
May 08, 2015  |  Discuss

Varitek spotted in Pawtucket coaching the kiddos

Scott LevesqueTwitter: @SomeComicReliefV-Tek's back and he's helping the little guys grow into big strong MLB players.Side note: I think that's the same outfit I wore as a sophomore in high school..#RedSox Great Jason Varitek signs for #PawSox fans as he arrives at #McCoy to work with our players today. pic.twitter.com/E0799amsQL— PawSox (@PawSox) April 22, 2015
Via RedSoxLife
April 22, 2015  |  Discuss

Ryan Lavarnway's Bittersweet Return To Fenway

 (US Presswire)In 2008, the Red Sox selected him in the 6th round out of Yale. He was supposed to be a mainstay behind the plate at Fenway for years—maybe even an heir apparent to Jason Varitek. But things got complicated for Ryan Lavarnway. The offensive potential never materialized and he drifted in the Boston system for years. Other catching prospects moved ahead of him. Finally...
Via FenwayNation
April 18, 2015  |  Discuss

Video: Pedro Martinez uses WEIRD terminology discussing Jason Varitek

Elsa/Getty Images North America Former Red Sox (and Dodgers, Expos, Mets and Phillies) pitcher Pedro Martinez spoke about his relationship with former Red Sox catcher/captain Jason Varitek Saturday night on MLB Network. Now I know the Red Sox have been a close team for the better part of two decades, but I had no idea things went there.  Yes, this was chopped up (thanks to Instagram...
Via It's Always Sunny in Detroit
April 11, 2015  |  Discuss

Now Pitching For Boston, #31—Dana Eveland?

Eveland (L), Lester (R)Pedro Martinez gets the special treatment—and so does Jason Varitek, Tim Wakefield and (amazingly) Roger Clemens. The treatment in question is the protection of a former player's number from being worn by a clearly inferior individual. Unfortunately, that favor was not accorded to Jon Lester—recently departed to the North Side of Chicago. Lester's old jersey...
Via FenwayNation
March 12, 2015  |  Discuss

Jose Molina Encourages Christian Vazquez To ‘Be Like (Jason) Varitek’

This embed is invalid" /> Jose Molina had a simple message for Christian Vazquez when the 24-year-old catcher sought his advice over the offseason. It was a pearl of wisdom most Boston Red Sox fans probably appreciate. “In Boston, why did they follow (former catcher/captain) Jason Varitek? Because from Day 1, he earned their respect, so that’s...
Via NESN.com
March 06, 2015  |  Discuss

Red Sox’s Blake Swihart Soaking Up ‘Valuable’ Info From Jason Varitek

This embed is invalid" /> Blake Swihart is approaching the next stage of his development as if it’s a final exam: the more knowledge, the better. Swihart already is working out at the Boston Red Sox’s spring training complex in Fort Myers, Fla., even though pitchers and catchers aren’t officially scheduled to report until Feb. 20. The young backstop...
Via NESN.com
February 10, 2015  |  Discuss

Christian Vazquez Has Look Of Leader Going Into Red Sox’s 2015 Season

This embed is invalid" /> Baseball never stops for Christian Vazquez. Vazquez again played winter ball in Puerto Rico this offseason despite cracking Boston’s major league roster in 2014. The 24-year-old catcher also texted former Red Sox captain Jason Varitek in an effort to better himself as both a catcher and a leader. “Of course, that’s important...
Via NESN.com
January 29, 2015  |  Discuss

Our All-Time Red Sox Position Player Team

Since we have about 100 days until the start of Spring Training, we thought we'd occupy our feeble minds with the construction of an All-Time Red Sox Position Player Team (exclusive of pitchers and DH). Here goes:First Base: Jimmy Foxx (runner-up: Mo Vaughn)Second Base: Dustin Pedroia (runner-up: Bobby Doerr)Third Base: Wade Boggs (runner-up: Frank Malzone)Shortstop: Nomar Garciaparra...
Via FenwayNation
November 06, 2014  |  Discuss

2004 Boston Red Sox: Where Are They Now, 10 Years After World Series Win? (Photos)

The Boston Red Sox didn’t make it into the 2014 postseason, but nothing can take away from their miraculous run that took place 10 years ago. The 86-year Curse of the Bambino was finally put to an end after the Red Sox stormed back from a 3-0 series deficit against the arch-rival New York Yankees, and then went on to sweep the St. Louis Cardinals in the World Series. Since that...
Via NESN.com
October 27, 2014  |  Discuss

Clutch Hits, Long October Games Highlight 2004 Boston Red Sox Season

It’s hard to believe, but a decade has passed since the Boston Red Sox broke the Curse of the Bambino and won their first World Series since 1918. Since then, Boston fans have been spoiled with two more World Series championships and the attitude toward the Red Sox has changed from a team that always found a way to lose, to a strong organization that has won the most championships...
Via NESN.com
October 24, 2014  |  Discuss

"Who's your Papi?" turns 10

Jorge CamargoContributing WriterPhoto by Jed Jacobsohn.October 18th, 2004. After a dramatic Game 4, the Red Sox and Yankees met again. It was also a win or go home situation for the Red Sox. The piching matchup was as great as the rivarly is, Pedro Martinez vs. Mike Mussina. In the first inning, David Ortiz drove in a run and the captain Jason Varitek walked with the bases loaded...
Via RedSoxLife
October 18, 2014  |  Discuss

Sox 99 – Bouncing Back

After being swept in Texas, the Red Sox bounced back in late August against much weaker competiton. The Minnesota Twins, 51-72 and 25 1/2 games behind Cleveland in the AL Central, fell in the first game 4-1. The Sox rode two-run homers from Trot Nixon in the second and Troy O’Leary in the fifth. Pat Rapp, doing some of his best pitching of the year, went 6 frames allowing 8 hits...
Via Fenway West
September 20, 2014  |  Discuss
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