My One Offseason Wish Came True!!!

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Ever since Game 7 of the 2008 ALCS was over, I was thinking about it. I knew that Jason Varitek would be a free agent since the second the 2008 season began, and watching him behind the plate I knew that no other person could fill that void. Sure I was sad that the season had ended, but I was so proud of everyone on that team, I wrote an entry thanking them which you can read here. After that loss we had a day off from school, which was a relief so I could recuperate and figure out how to face all of the comments I was going to get the next day. I was watching interviews of some of the players when I came across one of Jason Varitek. A reporter asked whether or not he would be returning to the Red Sox next year and Varitek’s eyes welled up a bit, and as he choked back the tears he said, “I don’t know,”. That’s when my tears started coming: he did not know. 

You and I both know what he has done for this team, I’m not going to go into the whole stat recap, and how he has caught four no hitters or anything like that; after all, I’ve been telling you that for the past three months. 
You know that I was happy when the Red Sox went out and made all those signings and pick ups within basically two weeks. I know we needed to bolster our bullpen, and I know we needed to extend Dustin Pedroia and Kevin Youkilis’ contract. But what I still didn’t know was really bothering me! I would become very defensive about it as well, if it would ever come up at school I would put on a dead serious face and say, “He’s coming back!”. 
At some times it would get even more uncertain. I was almost shocked when he declined arbitration, even though I knew one of the motives behind offering him arbitration was just precautionary. We would need two draft picks should he sign elsewhere. It was even more uncertain after the shady Mark Teixeira dealings that were entirely Scott Boras’ fault. The Red Sox’s relationship with Boras was completely shattered, so how could Varitek sign if his agent was the devil’s spawn? 
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I am now proud to say that Jason Varitek will be returning to the Red Sox in 2009. It’s not just me either– it’s Julia, and it’s Bob, and pretty much everyone around the Blogosphere. I’m friends with Vanessa from ‘Flair for the Dramatic’ over on Facebook, and she told me that “the rivalry wouldn’t be the same without Jason Varitek”. 
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It’s not just us fans either, it’s the players as well. Ask any pitcher on our staff, and they will tell you how much Jason Varitek means to them. As far as I can tell, he takes so much stress of their shoulders because he will do the thinking, and the pitchers will do the pitching. I think they all have a great relationship with him– which is good, because after all he is their captain. 
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Told you I’d be using Sesame Street :) 
Remember that terrible chemistry test I told you about? Well, I got that back on Friday, and well, everyone did badly. I did better than I thought I would, I got a C. As soon as I got it back, chemistry wasn’t even on my mind, my sole question was: ‘Could this C stand for the Captain and Catcher of the Red Sox coming back today?’. A couple of my friends just shook their heads at me. I built a fortress around myself during classes with my backpack so I could have my cellphone out, and wait for the fateful text message. No such text message was received, but I found out the second I got home. Let’s just say I let out a scream, tears welled up in my eyes, and I jumped around my house screaming/saying: ‘He’s back! He’s really back!!!’. 
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My friend asked me to help her out on an English essay, the question being: ‘What is a hero?’. After thinking about it for a few minutes, I thought of my hero, Jason Varitek and started describing to her some of his traits, the first one being: ‘A hero is someone who goes above and beyond the call of duty,’. Doesn’t that sound like Varitek to you? 
Tomorrow, I’m going to a Superbowl Party, but I don’t even like football that much, like I’ve said before, baseball is my one and only. So while everyone else is thinking about the superbowl tomorrow, I’ll be celebrating the return of Jason Varitek. 
Happy, you were right!! You called it all season long!! I’m sending you all virtual brownies! 

27 Comments

LOL that you got a “C” on your chemistry test and could only think of Varitek. Love your one-track mind and I relate!

- http://janeheller.mlblogs.com

I’m glad your catcher came home. His value behind the plate cannot be overestimated. I will be devastated should Yadier Molina ever leave St. Louis. Enjoy the Superbowl party…I hear some Cardinals are playing!
-Kathy

http://redbirdchatter.mlblogs.com

Jane: LOL sometimes the one track mind isn’t all that good for other people, but I don’t mind it :)

Kathy: Haha, I’ll be thinking of you Kathy! I know you’re rooting for them. I have no basis to root for either team, but since I read your entry first, I’ll root for the Cards.

-Elizabeth

Sorry about the C. I was so happy Varitex signed with Boston the heart of Red Sox Nation is back! Could I have a brownie :-).

-Bob, http://bostonsports.mlblogs.com/

Yeah Elizabeth! I knew your brownies and my fruit baskets would help! And congrats on the Chemistry grade. I know the test was hard – but it’s poetic that you got it the same day as Tek resigned. There’s a sign in there somewhere! Have fun at the Super Bowl party! I’ll be watching, but then again, I like football also!

Julia
http://werbiefitz.mlblogs.com/

Bob: Yes, you may have a brownie!!

Julia: LOL we are the official cooks of RSN. It is poetic that I got it the same day that he signed. I find signs in everything

-Elizabeth

Congratulations Elizabeth! You got your captain back!
Thanks for the virtual brownies!
Melissa
http://clemsongirlbaseball.mlblogs.com

Lissi: Thanks! Hope you enjoy ‘em!
-Elizabeth

CONGRATS.. I stand by my statement that the rivalry wouldn’t be the same without him… unless he hits some crucial home run against the Yanks sometime this year, then my revised statement would be: ‘the rivalry is better off without him’ lolz.
In all seriousness though, V-Tek has to get in a fight again w/ A-Rod.. I’ve been looking for a rematch.. this time w/o his mask.
p.s. sesame street letter is koolerz. :)
- V [ http://flairforthedramatic.mlblogs.com ]

V,
Haha, we have to live for those crucial moments against each other, it makes the rivalry even better! ’03 ALCS and ’04! Hope to see that rematch soon, Red Sox vs Yankees fights are always the best.
Sesame Street is the greatest lol :)
-Elizabeth

Good post Elizabeth, I was happy to see him come home too, just keep the word going that this won’t last forever. The Sox need to be grooming someone real quick for his replacement. All the same enjoy 2009 with a real captain behind the plate.

Cob
http://cobf.mlblogs.com

Cob: I agree, the Sox need to find a suitor for two years. If Varitek picks up his contract for the second year than he will hve even more time to prepare his suitor. I sure hope he retires with the Red Sox. Can’t wait to start the fantasy baseball league.
Elizabeth

Oh my goodness that is sooooo exciting!!! Great entry!! Jason is a great great guy and a wonderful player, he will be so good for you guys this year. I’m so glad you got your offseason wish! Oh, and have fun at that Superbowl party. Maybe you’ll be able to learn a little more about football! Yummy brownies!!
http://kaybee.mlblogs.com

Kaybee: thanks!!! I’m so happy that he’s back. It’s such a relief!!! I hope I learn a little about football. Then again after tomorrow night it will be over. There’s always next year!

Elizabeth

Elizabeth,
I’m not really surprised that Varitek ended up re-signing with the Sox. Most other teams that had a need for a catcher had already filled it, so it doesn’t look like he had much of a choice. If the market were better, he probably would’ve gotten a more money elsewhere. Hopefully he’ll put up better numbers this year and really make the Sox glad they kept him:)
-Erin
http://plunking-gomez.mlblogs.com/

Erin: this market is absolutely terrible. There are still so many good free agents still out there, with only two weeks left!!! I’m so glad that he is back.

Hey, Eizabeth …

“Congratulations”, again, on the Red Sox re-signing your “Captain”, Jason Varitek !!! Wishes do come through; but, sometimes we just have to wait a little longer to receive them !!! … Nice post in Varitek’s honor !!! … Enjoy your “Super Bowl Party”; and, after the “big game” is over tonight, “Baseball” takes center stage for the rest of the year !!! But, then again, “Baseball” is always the main attraction and takes “center stage” all year long, 365/24/7 !!! … Elizabeth, “Have A Great Day” !!! … Jimmy [27NYY], “BY&L” http://baseballtheyankeesandlife.mlblogs.com/

Congrats on getting Varitek back. I’m just now picking up on how uncertain the entire situation was, I thought he would definitely be back. I still remember booing him at Safeco Field a couple of weeks after the A-Rod brawl…. By the way, that time up he struck out and the Red Sox got shut out by Gil Meche.
http://newmexicanyanksfan.mlblogs.com

Jimmy: it was well worth the wait!! I’m glad that he will be back the rivalry will indeed be the same. After today baseball willbe the focus of everyone’s life!! I’m so excited!!

Neal: even though it was uncertain I think we all knew deep down that he would be back. And don’t worry I boo A-Rod everytime that he comes to bat. At least the rivalry will be just the same!!

Elizabeth

You want to know something, if he would of had a different agent he would have made more money off arbitration. It is a shame that his current agent held Boston’s breath for so long by advising his client to not take arbitration, or even listen to offers before now.

Guess Boras had bigger fish to fry before taking on the Red Sox for Varitek. It might have cost him a few million dollars at least, but it also cost him some good faith with the Red Sox faithful. But if he gets off to a quick start with his bat.all will be forgotten.

I do like seeing him behind the plate for you guys. I would rather face a great catcher like him than have to rely on a young guns so early in the season. This is his year to shine, or that option year will not matter……….I think he has it in him to pull out a few more gutsy seasons before heading to the coaching ranks as a good one.

Rays Renegade

http://raysrenegade.mlblogs.com

I’m happy for you guys, being a yankee fan (sorry) it wouldn’t be the same playing the Redsox with out jason.

Rays Renegade: Don’t even get me started on Scott Boras lol. I think a lot of RSN wanted him back, those who didn’t are probably either bandwagon fans (those lowly ones, yes) or they just can’t seem to recognize Varitek’s intangible impact. The great part of having him is that he can still have his impact AND train his successor. I hope he’ll retire with the Red Sox.

Angelsboy: The rivalry would be completely different without Tek. Still there obviously, but not the same. Tek did start that fight with A-Rod after all.

-Elizabeth

Tek without the Red Sox is like Boston without the ‘Clam Chowder,’ or Florida without the ‘Oranges.’

That jersey without a ‘C’ is equally as troubling (he probably wouldn’t have a ‘C’ if he signed somewhere else).
http://homerfoodandhistory.mlblogs.com/

Homer: Exactly, it would change the entire atmosphere so much!

Happy: You were right!! LOL

-Elizabeth

But don’t you think George Kottaras could have brought the same heroic presence? ;)
But seriously, I’m happy for you and the other hundreds of thousands of fans who wanted Tex back so badly.
Now I am not a Red Sox fan, and I may be one of those “stat geeks” who believes Dusty Brown will have the same VORP as Varitek next season, but I still understand the meaning it has to the fans. Of course, Fenway still would have filled up every game with or without Varitek. On the other end of the spectrum, the Nationals would have had a tough time averaging 30,000 a night if they signed Adam Dunn, Mark Teixeira, AND Orlando Hudson. Eh, shorter concession lines.

Aaron
http://districtboy.mlblogs.com/

Aaron,
LOL and shorter bathroom lines. It’s so distressing trying to find a “good” moment to go to the bathroom during a baseball game. And with the lack of women’s bathrooms? Tek is a true leader of the team.
Tell me more abut the Nats’ stadium!!
-Elizabeth
http://redsoxgirl46.mlblogs.com

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