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08:44 AM ET 09.29 | Jason Varitek would like to return to baseball in 2011. To do that, though, the veteran catcher and longtime Red Sox captain knows he may have to sign with another team. So, after the Sox' remote playoff hopes vanished [Tuesday] night, Varitek got emotional about his future. "You try not to think about it," Varitek said, his eyes watering, "and I hope you guys don't ask me too much about it over the weekend. But it's there. Definitely." Varitek, 38, will be a free agent after the season, and the Red Sox have decisions to make regarding their catching situation. Starter Victor Martinez also will be a free agent, and the Sox have high hopes for recently acquired Jarrod Saltalamacchia.

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September 29, 2010  09:14 AM ET

The Sox should explore signing him for back up money and keep him around. He was flourishing in the back up role until he got hurt and brings leadership and knowledge of the game that are in short supply.

Most Red Sox fans would love to see Tek stay in Boston as a coach after his playing career is over.

September 29, 2010  09:15 AM ET
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wussy!

Iffin I came down to Easter Island and dragged you off to Nicaragua, you'd cry too!

September 29, 2010  09:30 AM ET

High hopes for Salty? Seriously? They need to hire Mackey Sasser as his personal instructor.

September 29, 2010  09:34 AM ET
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you sir...are an idiot! Varitek is one of the best backstops in the game...he comes back next year, solidifies the team, teaches Salty everything he knows.Mark my words...Sox will return to Glroy next year...5 aces with Lester, Buch, Lackey, Beckett and Dice K! Bard is the closer...bank on it!

Optimism is a beautiful thing :)

September 29, 2010  09:37 AM ET

High hopes for everyone I guess.
Could bring him back in a limited role.

September 29, 2010  09:44 AM ET
QUOTE(#9):

High hopes for everyone I guess.Could bring him back in a limited role.

See #2. I don't know of any of my friends who think Tek is starting catcher material at this point in his career.

September 29, 2010  09:49 AM ET
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you sir...are an idiot! Varitek is one of the best backstops in the game...he comes back next year, solidifies the team, teaches Salty everything he knows.Mark my words...Sox will return to Glroy next year...5 aces with Lester, Buch, Lackey, Beckett and Dice K! Bard is the closer...bank on it!

Theo is that you?

September 29, 2010  09:55 AM ET
QUOTE(#11):

Theo is that you?

Either that or Varitek's mom.

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September 29, 2010  10:12 AM ET
QUOTE(#14):

Varitek brought to tears at the thought of leaving?!?!?!?!?!? I'M brought to tears thinkin' about him playing, I'd take Mel Ott RIGHT NOW over that guy....(baits hook/sets trap and sits back for the fireworks)

feh......

September 29, 2010  10:12 AM ET
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you sir...are an idiot! Varitek is one of the best backstops in the game...he comes back next year, solidifies the team, teaches Salty everything he knows.Mark my words...Sox will return to Glroy next year...5 aces with Lester, Buch, Lackey, Beckett and Dice K! Bard is the closer...bank on it!

Relax...

... they were a good team this year. The injuries to Youk and Pedroia hurt tremendously. Not to mention Ellsbury.

Varitek is a 38 year old catcher. He may stay for a reduced salary, but, his days of catching regularly are done.

I still remember his tussle with A Rod during 2004:)

September 29, 2010  10:12 AM ET
QUOTE(#7):

Optimism is a beautiful thing :)

They weren't exactly a doormat this year.

Aren't they on pace to win 90+ this year?

September 29, 2010  10:13 AM ET
QUOTE(#14):

Varitek brought to tears at the thought of leaving?!?!?!?!?!? I'M brought to tears thinkin' about him playing, I'd take Mel Ott RIGHT NOW over that guy....(baits hook/sets trap and sits back for the fireworks)

What about Ed Ott?

September 29, 2010  10:13 AM ET
QUOTE(#14):

Varitek brought to tears at the thought of leaving?!?!?!?!?!? I'M brought to tears thinkin' about him playing, I'd take Mel Ott RIGHT NOW over that guy....(baits hook/sets trap and sits back for the fireworks)

He wouldn't be bad as a backup. He's a great team leader and the young players could learn a lot from him. His work ethic has never been questioned.

September 29, 2010  10:14 AM ET
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Either that or Varitek's mom.

Heidi?

September 29, 2010  10:20 AM ET
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hey funny guy...off season starts today...sign beltre and vmart to 4-5 year deals now! ortiz for 3 yrs...

Ortiz for 3 years!!!!!!!!!god help us.

September 29, 2010  10:21 AM ET
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you sir...are an idiot! Varitek is one of the best backstops in the game...he comes back next year, solidifies the team, teaches Salty everything he knows.Mark my words...Sox will return to Glroy next year...5 aces with Lester, Buch, Lackey, Beckett and Dice K! Bard is the closer...bank on it!

You sir are a syphalitic man-humper...

Varitek is no where near one of the best catchers in the game....not now and certainly not in his steroid laden prime. If he comes back next year he will probably be assistant bullpen catcher. Your Sox are done....done I tell you!

September 29, 2010  10:22 AM ET
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hey funny guy...off season starts today...sign beltre and vmart to 4-5 year deals now! ortiz for 3 yrs...

not for all teams...
Thanks for this untimely comment.

September 29, 2010  10:24 AM ET
QUOTE(#22):

Ortiz for 3 years!!!!!!!!!god help us.

Oh no, a voice of reason. Not sure I can handle this...

 
September 29, 2010  10:26 AM ET
QUOTE(#10):

See #2. I don't know of any of my friends who think Tek is starting catcher material at this point in his career.

Just agreeing...

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