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07:38 AM ET 10.29 | At 12:05 a.m., Jason Varitek caught the ball that made the final out for the Red Sox' 2007 championship season. Unlike after the 2004 championship, when first baseman Doug Mientkiewicz' decision to keep the ball set off a hullabaloo over the ownership of it, Varitek appeared ready to defuse any repeat of a scandal. After catching the ball, he grabbed it out of his mitt and stuffed it into his back right pocket before leaping into the arms of closer Jonathan Papelbon and being swarmed by his teammates. "I'll give it back to the team," said Varitek, who said the Hall of Fame could be a destination as well, -- or something like that.

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