Later on this afternoon, long-time Red Sox catcher, Jason Varitek will announce his retirement. The 39-year-old Varitek has spent all 15 of his big league seasons in a Red Sox uniform. As a pure competitor and as the captain of the Red Sox, Varitek will always be respected among Yankee fans. Varitek may not have been Boston’s most talented player, but there was no doubt he was the emotional leader. Whether he was catching one of his four no-hitters (an MLB record), winning World Series championships, or putting his Rawlings catcher mitt in A-Rod’s grill, Varitek always played with intense passion. Production-wise, the Red Sox will be able to fill his void, but his leadership? That’s something Boston doesn’t have right now.

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As a Yankee fan, I’m glad Varitek is retiring. The Red Sox do not have one true leader and it’s obvious that the clubhouse is in turmoil. As a baseball fan, it’s sad to see a player like Varitek retire. Seldom do we see a player play his entire career with one team–and play every play the right way. There’s no denying that Major League Baseball needs more Jason Variteks.