Though the sun may be shining in Ft. Myers tomorrow, it will be a dark day for many Red Sox fans.
With his retirement, Jason Varitek will write the final chapter of his Red Sox career. It will be a bittersweet moment for fans, who have watched Varitek grow from a mere prospect into one of the greatest catchers in franchise history.
He will be remembered for his toughness, leadership, and ability to get the most out of his teammates. The tributes from his former teammates are already pouring in, and they all are paying homage to a man who put the success of the team before any personal goals.
As one of 19 captains in Red Sox history, Varitek will hold an important place in franchise lore. His accomplishments speak for themselves: three All-Star selections, a Gold Glove, a Silver Slugger, two World Series rings and a host of franchise records.
What will not live on in the record books is what Varitek meant to the franchise. He brought calm and composure in times of great turmoil, steadying a team that without his direction and drive would easily have lost its way. Over the grind of an up-and-down 162 game season, Varitek brought stability.
Now, as we begin to look back on his 14-year career, we can take stock of all the things he accomplished. While some of them are team accomplishments, as Varitek would prefer, we must praise him for his many individual feats as well.
Let’s take a look at the top 10 moments of Varitek’s Red Sox career: