I CAN’T FUNCTION RIGHT NOW.
Please hurry up October.
jason varitek, i will always love you.
Oh Captain, my Captain.
Sometimes it’s just time.
As it turned out, he would be, and he remains an important part of the team. As his fiancee, Catherine Panagiotopoulos, points out in a Boston Globe feature, the veteran backstop could never really consider playing for anyone else.
“He never wants to play anywhere else and I don’t think he will,” Panagiotopoulos told the Globe’s Peter Abraham. “He lives, eats, breathes, and sleeps the Red Sox.”
I’m going to miss Tek. He represented what an athlete should be, extremely loyal and extremely hard-working. He worked his ass off, and because of it, was named an all-star three times and led the team to two World Series victories. A lot of people have been talking about his identity and his spirit, and I completely agree, and not to get all literary about it, but this is the best way I can explain it. Every city has a personality, and when you self-identify as a Bostonian or a New Yorker or a Philadelphian, you embrace a culture. Boston is not the biggest city, it’s not well known as the capital of any particular industry, an economic or social powerhouse but nonetheless we won’t let anybody get away with saying anything negative about our town. We may be aggressive, rude (on occasion) and have a superiority complex but we are gritty, hard working, and fiercely loyal.
And that is exactly what Tek is. He is Boston, he works and fights and plays like a Boston Red Sox. Think to yourself, what do we remember most about Tek: For me, because I’m a visual person, I remember four distinct images. First is game four of the 2004 World Series, just Tek and Foulke charging from the plate and the mound, and then again in 2007, Tek and Pap. Then of course I remember Tek just forcing A-Rod to eat his fist. Don’t fuck with us. And the day he caught his 991st game, breaking Carlton Fiske’s record for most number of games caught in a Red Sox uniform. For everyone around my age, he will forever be the Captain.
I’m reminded of something I heard about the B’s after they won the Stanley Cup. The gist of it was, they weren’t the most talented team, but they played and fought harder and more than anyone else in the NHL, and the exact same thing could and should be said about Tek. He wasn’t some catching Wunderkind, but he worked his ass off, on and off the field, and won himself the title of Captain.
“If I go crazy then will you still call me Superman?”
Take me out to the ball game<3
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