35 Facts About Jason Varitek


Jason Varitek is currently the game planning coordinator, an uniformed coaching position, for the Boston Red Sox.

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Jason Varitek is one of only three players, along with pitcher Ed Vosberg and outfielder Michael Conforto, to have played in the Little League World Series, College World Series, and Major League World Series.

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Jason Varitek additionally participated in Olympic Baseball and the World Baseball Classic.

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Jason Varitek caught an MLB-record four no-hitters, a record which was later tied by Carlos Ruiz.

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Jason Varitek was Lake Brantley High School's third baseman and relief catcher.

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Jason Varitek attended Georgia Tech, where he helped lead the Yellow Jackets baseball team to the 1994 College World Series title game, along with future Red Sox teammates Nomar Garciaparra and Jay Payton.

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Jason Varitek graduated from Georgia Tech with a degree in management and is the only Tech baseball player to have his number retired.

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In 1991 and 1993, Jason Varitek played collegiate summer baseball in the Cape Cod Baseball League for the Hyannis Mets.

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Jason Varitek was a member of the US national baseball team at the 1992 Summer Olympics.

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Jason Varitek was drafted 21st overall in the first round by the Minnesota Twins in 1993, but opted to return for his senior year of college.

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When he finally did join the franchise, Jason Varitek was sent to the AA affiliate Port City Roosters where he first met pitcher and longtime teammate Derek Lowe.

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Jason Varitek was traded with Lowe to the Red Sox during the 1997 season in return for reliever Heathcliff Slocumb, often cited as one of the best trades in the Red Sox's favor in recent history.

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Jason Varitek was called up for a single game on September 24,1997, collecting a single in his only at bat.

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Jason Varitek showed signs of things to come in the season, and with a strong spring training the following season, Jason Varitek earned the starting catcher position.

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Jason Varitek returned to the Red Sox lineup full-time in the 2002 season.

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Jason Varitek instantly became a leader in the clubhouse which management tried to portray as working class, featuring new faces such as Kevin Millar, David Ortiz, Bill Mueller, and Todd Walker along with original players Trot Nixon and Lou Merloni.

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Jason Varitek remained captain until his retirement before the 2012 season.

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Jason Varitek wore a "C" patch on his uniform, making him the first player to do so in a World Series.

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In 2005, Jason Varitek won his first Gold Glove Award, his first Silver Slugger, and his second All-Star selection.

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In 2006, Jason Varitek represented the United States in the World Baseball Classic, playing in three games.

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On July 18,2006, Jason Varitek played his 991st game at catcher for the Boston Red Sox, breaking Carlton Fisk's club record.

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That game was a home game vs Kansas City, during which Jason Varitek's achievement was recognized before the bottom of the fifth inning.

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Jason Varitek received a standing ovation from the sellout crowd at Fenway Park for a few moments before play resumed.

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Jason Varitek had surgery on August 3,2006, to repair torn cartilage in his left knee.

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On September 19,2006, Jason Varitek was honored during a pre-game ceremony as the first Red Sox catcher to catch 1,000 games.

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Jason Varitek was presented with a special award by Hall of Famer Carlton Fisk, who held the Boston club record with 990 career games caught before Varitek surpassed it.

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That same night, Jason Varitek received the 2006 Red Sox Heart and Hustle Award from the local chapter of the Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association, which is presented to a player exemplifying the values, tradition, and spirit of the game of baseball.

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In honor of being captain, Jason Varitek released Captain Cabernet, a charity wine with proceeds benefiting Pitching In For Kids and Children's Hospital Boston.

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On February 6,2009, Jason Varitek signed a new one-year deal with the Red Sox worth $5 million with a $5 million club option, or a $3 million player option, for 2010.

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On December 2,2010, Sports Illustrated reported that Jason Varitek signed a one-year, $2 million deal to stay with the Red Sox for the 2011 season.

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On September 27,2012, then-Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington announced that Jason Varitek had been named special assistant to the general manager.

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On November 20,2020, Jason Varitek was named to a uniformed coaching role, that of game planning coordinator, on the coaching staff of manager Alex Cora.

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Jason Varitek's title was changed to Player Information Coach prior to the start of the 2021 season.

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Jason Varitek has three daughters from his previous marriage: Ally, Kendall and Caroline.

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Jason Varitek married Catherine Panagiotopoulos on November 26,2011, and their first child, Liv, was born on May 26,2012.

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