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  • February 29th, 2012

    February 29, 2012:
    The Other Shoe Dropped…

    Posted by Christine E. at 6:44 pm in Baseball,Good Deeds,Random Thoughts,Red Sox Comment (1)

    We all knew it was coming, we just were not sure when: Jason Varitek is retiring from baseball, with his official announcement happening tomorrow at 5:30…

    So why did Tim Wakefield’s departure sadden me more?

    Please don’t get me wrong. There is a veritable laundry list of things Jason Varitek did for the Sox: GREAT catcher, Good Captain, always gave 100% on the field, caught a record setting 4 no-hitters, was always prepared…and who can forget his infamous dust up with A-Fraud in 2004, that probably helped light the fire that got them their 1st World Series in 86 Years. The list is endless…

    But it’s time. He’s done what he needed to do. And now it’s time to cement his legacy by retiring as a member of the Boston Red Sox…although I wish they would do the same thing I wished they had done with Wake–sign him to a 1 day contract, have him start 1 game, so he could be thanked properly for his service…

    But I am troubled that Josh Beckett will use ‘Tek being gone as an excuse if he pitching suffers this year. We all know he was practically Beckett’s personal catcher the last couple of years…

    And the barbs are already happening between Terry Francona and Bobby Valentine. Bobby bans alcohol in the clubhouse. Tito states he thinks it’s a “PR move” (probably is, but not a bad one) and then Bobby comes back with “Remember, you’re getting paid over there [at ESPN] for saying stuff. You’re getting paid over here for doing stuff.” and then Tito, ever the diplomat demurred: “”I need to be more careful when speaking about the Red Sox…”

    And he had this to say about Jason Varitek’s retirement: “I hope his decision to retire is something he really wants to do because he deserves to go out the way he wants to go out. He’s earned that. I know what he meant to our team. He’s one of the best players to ever put on a Red Sox uniform and I wish him the best in what ever he decided to do with the rest of his life.”

    Interesting statement: “I hope his decision to retire is something he really wants to do because he deserves to go out the way he wants to go out.” I’m just SAYIN…

    I will also say that I think the 2012 Campaign will be chock FULL of interesting statements…

    A fire at Fenway caused $100K in damages this weekend, when a short in a light fixture caused a “small” fire in the mail room of the admin offices at the ballpark. Holy Buckets! Could you imagine how much damage a “large” fire could have done? I am sure all the paper products and such that are typically in a mailbox contributed to the extent of the damage…

    Finally, our good friends at The Jimmy Fund have announced that Daniel Bard is the 2012 Rally Against Cancer Spokesplayer. In a presser last Friday, Bard appeared with WEEI’s Joe Castiglione, in Fort Meyers, and in Boston, a flashmob appeared at South Station and performed a spirited routine to Red Sox Nation’s anthem “Sweet Caroline” during the Friday lunch crowd. You can see the flashmob here and the press conference here

    About Rally Against Cancer: In its seventh year, Rally Against Cancer encourages Red Sox fans to partner with their workplaces and schools by encouraging co-workers, classmates, and friends to each contribute $5 or more to the Jimmy Fund. In exchange, they can “Dress for Sox-cess” by wearing Boston Red Sox gear to work or school on Friday, April 13, when the Sox take on the Tampa Bay Rays at Fenway Park for their home opener at Fenway Park. The top fundraising company and school (K-12, college, or university) are each eligible for a visit from this year’s Spokesplayer, Red Sox Pitcher Daniel Bard, if located within two-hour travel distance from Boston. For more information and full rules visit Rally Against Cancer’s Website

    Coming up: Workouts continue, as the Sox gear up for their first games this Saturday. Yes, THIS SATURDAY!

    Happy Leap Year Day everyone!

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    The Other Shoe Dropped…”

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