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  • February 2nd, 2009

    February 2, 2009:
    The Captain stays with his ship…

    Posted by Christine E. at 11:17 am in Baseball,Random Thoughts,Red Sox Comment (1)

    …If you offer him enough money that his satanic agent agrees to let him, anyway…

    And its official; On Friday afternoon, Jason Varitek accepted the Red Sox offer of $5 million for 1-year, with a dual option for 2010–which means he can activate the player option at $3 million, or the Sox can activate the team option for $5…If neither side activates, he again becomes a free agent…

    With this signing, he stays with the only major league team he has ever played for–the team he has played 1,330 games for, including 1,274 games he has caught–which is the most in Red Sox History. In his 12-year tenure with the Sox, he is the only catcher in major league history to catch 4 no-hitters, has won a golden glove (in 1995), and was an All-Star 3 time (including last year when his numbers were so abysmal) and is a career .263 hitter with 161 homers and 654 RBIs.

    I am very glad THAT nonsense is over, and that ‘Tek is back where he belongs. I know I probably won’t feel that way when the bases are loaded in the 9th, with 1 out, and the Sox are down by 1 ‘Tek GIDP’s. But there is no one better at handling a pitching staff–and no one I would rather have to mentor a newbie (Saltalamacchia is still an option–I hope) or catcher veteran’s like John Smoltz, or any of the young ‘un that come up for spot starts during the season…

    Lets just hope that Josh Bard is better at catching Tim Wakefield this year–‘Cause I don’t think Doug Mirabelli will be ready, willing, or able to come racing to the rescue again (Not that we’d want him to…)

    Old Friend Bobby Kielty signed a minor league contract with the Mets last week, with an invitation to Spring Training. A fairly decent player, he will probably get upgraded to the bigs, and possibly even a starting gig in the outfield.

    Joe Torre’s blockbuster new book, co written by Tom Verducci of Sports Illustrated Fame, called “The Yankee Years” will be out tomorrow.  I, for one, cannot WAIT to read this!

    Coming up: TEN…MORE…DAYS…and baseball FINALLY starts again–even if it is only pitchers and catchers reporting–its baseball, in some way, shape or form–and no, I will not be counting the WBC…

    One Response to “February 2, 2009:
    The Captain stays with his ship…”

    1. Mitch says:

      Truthfully, I’m glad it’s over also, but I have to say that I’m of the opinion that the Red Sox should have given him at least a 2 year contract. Just seems disloyal, especially to the team captain.

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