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?
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”.
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.
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!!!’.
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!