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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
14 days ago  |  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
15 days ago  |  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

Sox 99 – Booming Bats

Booming bats and adequate pitching pushed the Red Sox ahead in the wild card race. They first went to Kansas City and emerged with a two-game sweep. The first was a 9-6 seesaw contest which saw Boston rally form a 3-1 deficit to go ahead 5-3 entering the ninth. In a strange set of events, closer Tim Wakefield fanned 4 hitters but, with his knuckler presenting problems for Jason Varitek...
Via Fenway West
September 13, 2014  |  Discuss

Smalley honored for youth-baseball work, reflects on Little League time

As a kid growing up in Southern California, Roy Smalley was a Little League star. But his teams never made the journey from the West Coast to Williamsport, Pa., for the Little League World Series. Smalley, who went on to play 13 seasons in the major leagues, will now be making that trek to the mecca of Little League baseball -- and he'll do so for good reason. During Tuesday's LLWS...
Via Fox Sports North
August 19, 2014  |  Discuss

Sox 99 – July Pitching Woes

The Red Sox late July struggles continued, as they saw their wild card lead, once 7 1/2 games, totally disappear. The Florida Marlins, Baltimore Orioles and Detroit Tigers, hardly the class of their divisions, took 5 of 8. Florida, whose 34-58 mark was the poorest in the majors, invaded Fenway on the 18th and gave Boston all they could handle before falling 11-9. The Sox survived...
Via Fenway West
August 09, 2014  |  Discuss

Is Varitek In-Line As The Next Padre Manager?

'TekBud Black is the incumbent manager of the San Diego Padres—and team says it wants him back for 2015. Nevertheless, the Friars are having another bad year (52-61, 12.5 games out), and they just hired a new (and somewhat controversial) GM. All of this is leading to speculation that the team might be at least considering other managerial options—and Jason Varitek's name is at...
Via FenwayNation
August 08, 2014  |  Discuss

Is Jason Varitek manager material? One team may think so

Jason Varitek, manager? The idea surfaced during the Padres’ discussions with candidates for their general manager opening, according to major-league sources. Varitek, the former Red Sox catcher, has a natural connection to Padres CEO Mike Dee, who served as the Sox’s chief operating officer from 2002 to ’09. The Padres are not interested in Varitek at this time and expect...
Via Fox Sports
August 08, 2014  |  Discuss

Jason Varitek, Other Boston Sports Figures Dive Into Ice Bucket Challenge (Videos)

It hasn’t taken long for the #IceBucketChallenge to go viral in the world of Boston sports. Sports personalities from across the region dunked themselves with a bucket of icy water to show support of ALS awareness. The challenge, created by Boston College baseball players Pete Frates and Pat Quinn, who are battling ALS (also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease), proves that sometimes positive...
Via NESN.com
August 07, 2014  |  Discuss

The A-Rod VS. Varitek Brawl: One Decade Later

It's an iconic image burned into the brain of every Red Sox fan over the age of 10—Good versus Evil incarnate. Ten years ago today, Jason Varitek squared off with Alex Rodriguez in a classic brawl that can legitimately be called the watershed moment of the 2004 Championship season. When the game ended on Bill Mueller's walk-off home run, The Idiots had been galvanized. They were...
Via FenwayNation
July 24, 2014  |  Discuss

2004 Red Sox-Yankees Brawl Still Memorable 10 Years Later (Video)

The 2004 season was a special one for Boston Red Sox and for obvious reasons. Oct. 27, 2004 will always be remembered as the day the Sox ended decades and decades of suffering for their fans by winning their first World Series in 86 years. Many still feel, however, that 2004 really started to become something special on July 24 of that season. The Red Sox hosted the Yankees on a...
Via NESN.com
July 24, 2014  |  Discuss

Sox 99 Warning Signs

After a 20-8 month of May which catapulted the Sox into the league lead, clouds began to appear as the season wound into June. Though they took a pair of one-run games from the struggling Tigers, there was some unhappiness in the clubhouse. After surrendering 6 runs in 3 innings and suffering an injury, starter Mark Portugal cleaned out his locker and left, brushing by reporters...
Via Fenway West
June 24, 2014  |  Discuss

Jason Varitek Playing Role In Boston Red Sox’s MLB Draft Preparation

Jason Varitek continues to play a role in helping the Boston Red Sox build their future. Varitek, now a special assistant to general manager Ben Cherington, said last week at Fenway Park he’s been wearing a number of different hats in his current job with the Red Sox. The former captain represented the Red Sox at last year’s Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft, and...
Via NESN.com
June 03, 2014  |  Discuss

Jason Varitek, Derek Lowe Recall Famous Trade From Mariners To Red Sox

BOSTON — The Red Sox didn’t know what they were getting in 1997 when they acquired minor leaguers Derek Lowe and Jason Varitek from the Seattle Mariners in exchange for reliever Heathcliff Slocumb. No, really. They didn’t know. “I remember we went back to the hotel (in Albuquerque) and Jason and I were in the same room, and (Red Sox general manager Dan Duquette) thought I...
Via NESN.com
May 29, 2014  |  Discuss
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