The Red Sox pitchers and catchers all officially reported to Ft. Myers yesterday, but there was one noticeable absence: Jason Varitek.
Speculation is running wild now that Tek will go the same route Tim Wakefield went last Friday: he will shortly announce his retirement from MLB.
And I hope he does. He has an invite to camp on a minor league deal, but the fact that he's not in right now tells me Tek's ready to hang it up.
He might just be waiting for some time to pass after Wake's announcement to make one of his own. We shall see.
Both Josh Beckett and Jon Lester spoke to the media yesterday about the terrible events of last September. Frankly, it's time to move on from 2011 and turn the page. I don't care about "apologies" or "mea culpas." It's a new season and I know the media will harp on this all spring and into the new season. They're the Boston media. They are expected to harp on the Red Sox failures.
My friend Chris Jaffe has another of those cool columns about a player's career highlights at The Hardball Times, and this one is about Tim Wakefield. Check it out here.