Red Sox Chick/Toeing the Rubber

Because you always need a backup plan

Guess Who's Back?

Photo courtesy of Kelly O'Connor/sittingstill.smugmug.com and used with permission.

I had decided quietly that I was going to be okay with the Red Sox not signing Jason Varitek this season.  Not that I don’t love the Captain, I do, but he’s getting older and the Sox already didn’t sign Victor Martinez so I was going to be okay with them using Jarrod Saltalamacchia as their main catcher and some other player as the backup.  It was one of the scenarios I had already braced myself to deal with.  Then Theo goes and messes everything up by re-signing Tek for another year.

To say I surprised myself with my reaction is an understatement.  The first inkling I got was when Peter Gammons tweeted about it yesterday and my initial response, without any thought, was great joy.   I make no secret of my fondness for the players and more often than not I tend to side with players even if it isn’t the best thing for the team…but I wasn’t feeling that way with Tek until I actually read that he was coming back.  I guess a friend on Twitter put it best:

Varitek and Wakefield give me the warm and fuzzy feelings I miss sometimes when viewing sports.

Maybe it really is as simple as that?  (For the record, as ready as I was to say goodbye to Tek, I’m not prepared for Wake.  Maybe that will come at the end of the 2011 season but right now it’s nowhere in sight.)

So we get our Captain for another year and baseball is in the news in December.  Those Varitek t-shirts I saw on the clearance rack on Monday at Sears weren’t the omen I thought they could be.  This is a good way to feel right now.  I like the absence of drama.

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December 3, 2010 - Posted by | 2010 |

5 Comments »

  1. I’m thrilled Tek will be back for another year. I hope he decides it’s his last year somewhere down the road so the Sox can throw a huge “Thank you Tek!” party for him at the end of the season. If it turns out to be a Wake and Tek party, I’ll be investing in Kleenex tissue stock (or whoever makes Kleenex).

    Comment by Brenken | December 3, 2010 | Reply

  2. I don’t see a downside to keeping Tek around. Once the Sox let V-mart go, it was clear they thought Salty was the future. Is there a better back-up option that Varitek? I can’t think of one.

    Comment by Section 36 | December 3, 2010 | Reply

  3. Two things make this a great day today: this news about Tek and the fact that I don’t have to talk with “Peggy.”

    Comment by DON in VA | December 3, 2010 | Reply

  4. I am so happy they brought Tek back. I cried when I saw Mike Lowell on the field for the last time. I cried when I thought I was seeing Tek on the field as a Red Sox for the last time. It’s likely that I will also need tissues at the end of this season if Wakey retires and I’d better take out stock in Kleenex too if this is the last year for both Wake and Tek.

    These three are my guys from my generation, the players with integrity. I will likely look to Pedroia and Youkilis after they have all retired, but it won’t be quite the same. These are my guys.

    I happy to have at least one more year.

    Comment by Kfish | December 3, 2010 | Reply

  5. You know how I feel about this! I was cautiously optimistic after Theo made it sound like Salty would be catching that TEK would be mentoring….After hearing Wake say next year is his last year, and thinking next year could be Papi’s last year….the 04 gang will be disbanded completely …. But I’ll face that prospect next December as all three will be back this year! so kill me for my sentinmentality…its not like they all suck!

    Comment by Dori | December 3, 2010 | Reply


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