It’s been a while since we’ve seen former Red Sox captain Jason Varitek behind the plate. Now serving as a “game-planning coordinator” on Alex Cora’s staff, Varitek lent a helping hand at Red Sox spring training, donning full catcher’s gear for Friday’s workout in Fort Myers. Here, Tek appears to be catching a bullpen session for a pitcher out of frame.
It’s unclear where starting catcher Christian Vazquez disappeared to, though one would have to imagine he was working elsewhere at the Sox’s facility. A two-time All-Star and member of the Red Sox Hall of Fame Class of 2016, Varitek hasn’t caught at the big-league level in over nine years, though the 48-year-old has never strayed far from the organization, filling various front office and coaching roles for the team since his retirement in 2011. If you recall, he even tried his hand at umpiring during a scrimmage at Fenway last summer.
Another Red Sox legend, the recently retired Dustin Pedroia, also made an appearance at camp this week, addressing the team in a heartfelt speech played on the stadium scoreboard at jetBlue Park. Boston begins its Grapefruit League slate Sunday against the Twins, who also play in Fort Myers.