Sunday, February 18, 2007

Put Your Trust In TEK

Sunday's Herald had a nice article on our captain, Jason Varitek, catcher supreme. Read this excerpt. The entire article is linked when you click on the title, and then I have a few things to say about his value to our club, and its pitchers.......

"Two seasons into a four-year, $40 million contract, Varitek is coming off a season during which he batted .238 and spent a month on the disabled list, the kinds of things that inspire people to suggest that a player is getting, you know, old.
With that comes the obvious question:
Can he still do it?
“That’s a thing I have to go out and still be able to prove,” Varitek admitted yesterday at Red Sox [team stats]’ spring training facility. “I believe in myself and in my ability to accomplish things. I see no reason why I can’t continue to perform.”
A word to the wise here: Don’t count this guy out just yet. First, Varitek is built like a truck driver and could easily turn the average skeptic into road pizza. Second, he is in positively phenomenal shape, seemingly chiseled from the block of granite that produced, among others, the David."

Peter here. Last year his average dipped to .238. He'll get those numbers up this year, but his real value is in how he handles his pitchers, the way he calls a ballgame. Beckett said that this year he will put more trust in Tek, and shake off far fewer pitches. And that's good, for many times last year the result of a shaken-off pitch by Mr. Beckett was a ball into the Monster seats. Too many times! And Josh has already said to Daisuke to put his trust in Tek. Good advice indeed.
Jason Varitek knows the opposing team's hitters. He constantly studies each and every at bat of all the opposing batters to be faced. His computer is filled with every Red Sox pitcher's best friend- a virtual road map of which pitch to throw when and in what situation. He is truly the brains of the pitcher-catcher battery. And that's why his pitch selection, much like a quarterback calling the plays for his offense, is vital. He's not our captain for nuthin'! Have a great season Tek. And don't worry, Daisuke is learning English.

And I must say this...welcome back Julie. She's back! And her writing and her take on the baseball team we love is listed on the right side, under the aptly titled blog SCARLET FEVER. Try it, you'll like it! I know I am an everyday reader of her blog, when she has time between school and'll see why when you stop in. In a nutshell, SHE CAN WRITE! She makes you care. Again, it's Scarlet Fever. Welcome back Julie. We have Julie Fever!!


At 2/18/2007 12:14 PM, Blogger lauren said...

Tek's gonna rebound. If he's healthy, he'll come back better. He's Jason Varitek, there's no way he's not gonna force himself to improve.

At 2/18/2007 1:48 PM, Blogger Peter N said...

I agree Lauren! Hope your Sunday is GOOD!!!

At 2/18/2007 1:49 PM, Blogger Peter N said...

Mine is!

At 2/18/2007 2:13 PM, Blogger Julie said...

thanks for all the advertisement :D haha.. im soo happy baseball is starting up again! and i definately believe tek will rebound. he's way too smart a player and too good an athlete not to come back, and 35 really isn't ancient. i totally believe he will make the necessary adjustments. as will beckett and coco. and we will be awesome :)

At 2/18/2007 2:17 PM, Blogger Peter N said...

And........thank you too! Be well Julie..this is me!

At 2/18/2007 2:22 PM, Blogger Peter N said...

So you miss me! How nice is this!!!!

At 2/18/2007 4:44 PM, Blogger Michael Leggett said...

Let's just say that without Mr Varitek, is WHY last season was such a bust:

'Belli is only a 2nd Stringer, but good with the Knuckler.

At 2/18/2007 8:41 PM, Blogger Kaylee said...

My boy Tek will rebound.He can catch even if he cant hit .300 he will be fine.JUST STAY HEALTHY PLEASE TEK.AS for Dougie Michael catching wake is about the only thing he is good for:]

At 2/19/2007 6:34 AM, Blogger Peter N said...

I agree-he will rebound. And Michael, injuries doomed the team last year more than anything.


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