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I actually wouldn’t mind if he’s behind the plate for Josh Beckett’s Game 2 start — Varitek’s presence is of apparent importance to the pitcher, and that’s worth something. I just don’t want to see him digging in to the batter’s box for a meaningful late-inning at-bat. Heck, I’d rather see the suddenly available Eric Wedge get a few swings.

Chad Finn of the Boston Globe, lamenting the state of the Varitek.

(thanks to MooseinOhio for the link)


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Jack Marshall
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Jack Marshall

Can I ask: what proof is there (that is “apparent” to Chad Finn) that Tek, at this point, is “important” to the pitcher? Especially since he can no longer throw AT ALL, and of late has even looked slow blocking pitches, leading to passed balls and wild pitches that would never have occurred even a year ago. The sad fact is that the Sox would be better on the field with Kotteras or even Dusty Brown as their back-up catcher. Not sure about Wedge…

tadthebad
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tadthebad

Jack, I think he was regurgitating what has been reported in the media.  Apparently, Beckett has a personal affinity for pitching to Varitek.  As far as Varitek’s “skills”, I can’t imagine there’s a legitimate argument there.

MooseinOhio
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MooseinOhio
Hopefully Beckett can get over his need for a safety blanket behind the plate as Varitek will not be there next year and truly should not be there for the post-season.  While I appreciate the chemistry argument and his preference for keeping his routine as intact as possible – Varitek is a greater liability to the team than he is an asset.  For the past several seasons he was borderline break-even on the liability (lack of hitting) and asset (calling a game/relationship with pitchers) ratio but this season his defense, as Jack mentioned, has clearly shifted onto the liability side… Read more »
Wooden U. Lykteneau
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Wooden U. Lykteneau

I think you didn’t scroll down far enough…

In case tonight turns out to be Wake’s last Red Sox start, he should be carried in on a sedan chair and showered in roses and BC chicks.

Jeff Berardi
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Jeff Berardi
Yes, with Varitek’s pitch calling abilities, you’d never have seen the great seasons that the Red Sox enjoyed from Matsuzaka, Brad Penny, John Smoltz, Junichi Tazawa, Justin Masterson, Paul Byrd, and… well… pretty much anyone not named Lester or Beckett. And then there’s Buchholz, who has specifically NOT thrown to Varitek since his return to the majors, though he did last year when he was posting an ERA of approximately elventy-billion. Varitek’s pitch calling ability is the stuff of myth, legend, and outright fiction. And as of right now, he can’t do ANYTHING. Can’t hit, can’t throw, can’t block pitches,… Read more »
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