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3/14/12 9:37 P

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T - I have no clue on the Jim/Andrew relationship. I know that it is Indy's lucky day to get Andrew Luck as the #1 pick. I hope Peyton Manning ends up in Miami. That will be fun to watch twice a year, or more.

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3/14/12 3:45 P

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I've been wearing Tek's jersey since his 2nd year with the Sox. He was an amazing player with an unrivaled career.

I think that we all agree that while he will be missed, it was time. I hope that whatever his new potential possition with the Red Sox will continue his legacy.

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3/8/12 8:34 A

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Sorry, I haven't been around..election season and all. I love him too, I have the picture of him in A-Rod's face up in my office. I have always believed that was the flashpoint for the Sox in 2004, when they literally and figuratively decided they weren't going to lay down for the Yanks.

Anyway, a question I'm not sure you know the answer to but I'll ask anyway Rick, is Jim Luck (the other guy whose number was retired by Georgia Tech) related to Andrew Luck??

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3/3/12 1:54 P

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LOPEYP - Actually, another guy also played in the Little League, College and MLB World Series, Ed Vosberg is the other. However Varitek, is the only player in history to have played in those and on the American Olympic Baseball team and American team in the World Baseball Classic.


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3/3/12 9:14 A

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The good news is that it was reported Tek will be staying with the Sox organization in some sort of coaching capacity. I can easily see him managing a team in the not too distant future....

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3/2/12 10:38 P

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Tek was truly a class act. His breed is disappearing fast from baseball. I'll miss him, but I must say that it was a good time for him to retire. Him and Wake both. Salute!!

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3/2/12 7:25 P

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He's my favorite. It just won't be the same.

Also, the only player to play in the Little League World Series, College World Series, and Major League World Series.

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3/2/12 6:04 P

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Will really miss him. Has always been one of my favorite players. Thanks for all the info.

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3/2/12 2:53 P

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Watched Tek's career highlights on ESPN last evening. I was just waiting for the fight with A-Roid! Still one of the most memorable moments!

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3/2/12 2:07 P

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I have always been and still am a big fan. It was pretty emotional even for me to watch the press conference.

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3/2/12 1:59 P

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Pretty impressive stuff:

Records and awards:

Georgia Tech records:
Most career games played (253)
Most career runs scored (261)
Most career base hits (351)
Most career doubles (82)

College awards and achievements:
His number 33 is only the second number ever retired by Georgia Tech; the first was #44, worn by Coach Jim Luck
Baseball America's 1993 player of the year
Named by Baseball America to "All-Time College All-Star Team"
1994 Golden Spikes Award
1994 Rotary Smith Award
1994 Dick Howser Trophy
Three time consensus All-American (1992, '93, '94) [10]
Inducted into Georgia Tech Hall of Fame
1994 College World Series runner-up
1993 Wampum Willy Award

MLB career:

Three time All-Star (2003, 2005 and 2008), one time starter (2005)
2005 Silver Slugger Award winner
2005 Gold Glove winner
2006 Heart and Hustle Award
Has caught four no hitters, an MLB record
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Red Sox milestones and achievements:
Became 26th player to hit 100 home runs for club on April 14, 2005
Third Red Sox catcher to win a Gold Glove (Carlton Fisk and Tony Pena)
First Red Sox at any position to win Gold Glove since Tony Pena in 1991
Was on the 2004 World Series team, the first Red Sox team to win the championship in 86 years
1,488 games caught – most in 106-year Red Sox history – breaking Carlton Fisk's club record of 990 on July 18, 2006 vs. Kansas City
Has caught a Major League record four official no-hitters
Hideo Nomo: April 4, 2001 vs Baltimore
Derek Lowe: April 27, 2002 vs Tampa Bay
Clay Buchholz: September 1, 2007 vs Baltimore (Clay's No-Hitter was his second Major League start)
Jon Lester: May 19, 2008 vs Kansas City
Does not count the five-inning, rain-shortened no-hit game by Devern Hansack in 2006 (which is not considered an offical no-hitter).

Most postseason home runs for a catcher (11). - I like this one the best

Only one of six catchers to have at least two triples in the playoffs.
Has played in more postseason games than any other Red Sox player in team history.
Most opening-day starts for a Red Sox catcher.

And a pretty good citizen!


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