Well it finally happened. Jason Varitek announced his retirement on Thursday.
The writing was on the wall when the team didn’t offer arbitration. And we know how greedy the Sox front office is with their arbitration cases (David Ortiz).
I’ve chronicled this several times over the last few years but this is about three years too late. Varitek has had trouble even batting his weight the last several seasons.
There’s talk about wanting to retire his number. I’ll save you the suspense. No. But you know what you can retire? The stupid “C” from the front of his jersey.
The “C” was one of the dumbest PR moves in the history of this organization and the team doesn’t need to replace someone wearing the stupid letter.
And the people saying they should bring him back ASAP as a coach, stop it. Stop drinking the fucking Kool Aid.
Varitek was a serviceable catcher that had a couple of really memorable seasons. And quite a few more forgetful ones.
Heidi Watnet affairs withstanding, I won’t miss him. I think the Sox brass and media pumped this guy up way more than he brought with talent.
Thanks for the memories, thanks for punching ARod in the face. Now see you later.
A couple days back, remember I’m still catching up from the vacation, the Red Sox announced that new manager Bobby Valentine had banned alcohol in the clubhouse. I know I’ve gone on several rants over the last few months and will try to keep this focused to just this one item, but know I am going to fail.
ringmaster manager Terry Francona said on ESPN that it was really nothing more than a PR move. Um, no shit.
The Sox join 18 other teams that have already done this including the Yankees, Mets, Dodgers and defending World Series Champion Cardinals.
But seriously, do people really think that because a few pitchers drank beer that’s the only reason the team lost. Come on, don’t be so naive. Uncle Larry wants you all to drink the Kool-Aid and think that since they had this press release that alcohol is banned that everything is great. It’s not.
This team is a mess.
You still don’t have a right fielder and won’t have your $142 million left fielder till probably May. You still don’t have a starting shortstop. Your bullpen is a giant question mark just like your rotation. That many question marks heading into a season after a collapse like last under the watch of a new GM (who’s a puppet) and manager (also a puppet) is too much to overcome.
Like I said before, all I can hope is that Old Man Henry finally realizes that Uncle Larry is the one pulling all the strings on this disaster in waiting and when it fails, cans Lucchino. Enough of making everyone else (Beckett, beer, Francona, Theo) the scapegoat. Lay this corpse (with its Dr Charles spin) at Uncle Larry’s feet and pray it costs him his job.