After Saturday's press conference and the news that Jason Varitek will be coming back to Boston in 2011, the Red Sox captain doesn't have to worry about throwing out Carl Crawford any more.
“In my opinion, he’s probably the most athletic player that’s in the game," Varitek said. "Seeing him develop as a hitting, just being an athlete, playing more. Every year he just seems to get better. The dynamic, like Johnny Damon, his athleticism is his biggest attribute. Sometimes things happen at the plate that are so far against the book because he’s just an athlete. Him on the bases speaks for itself. Him running down balls speaks for itself. It’s a pretty interesting dynamic.”
Varitek has thrown out Crawford just once in his career - in 2004 - and Crawford was 62-for-66 in his career in steal attempts against the Red Sox. For more, visit the Red Sox team page at...
Red Sox manager Terry Francona has been asked one question over and over and over again in the last three days. What's your lineup going to look like?
“It’s a place where people care about their team," Francona said of the excitement in Boston. "That’s alright. They’re supposed to have fun with that. But you know, it’s probably getting a little ahead of ourselves, but it’s fun, they like their team and they’re supposed to. If they’re getting excited about what our batting order is in December, that bodes well for our team.”
Francona was asked if Crawford would bat second or third. That's when Francona reverted back to his more familiar form. “You’re getting a little ahead of it, but we’ll get it figured out,” he said.
He did say that he is definitely leaning toward Jacoby Ellsbury hitting leadoff. "If he's...
Patriots linebacker Brandon Spikes' positive test for performance enhancers was due to amphetamines in a medicine designed to fight attention deficit disorder, according to a report from Comcast New England. Spikes, who was suspended for the rest of the regular season because of the infraction, issued a statement through the team about what happened on Friday. "The substance was a medication that I should have gotten clarification on before taking. It was not a performance enhancer or an illegal drug. The integrity of the game is very important to me. I understand the league’s ruling and apologize to my teammates, the fans and the Patriots organization for this mistake." For more Patriots news, check out weei.com/patriots.
Sporting the World Series championship ring from 2007, Jason Varitek sat comfortably Saturday in his seat at the end of a conference table in room off the EMC Club at Fenway Park, declaring that he’s is more than ready to return for the 2011 season.
“It’s awesome, it’s awesome,” Varitek said. “Did I hope for it? Yes, I hoped for it and wished that it would happen. Did I necessarily this go-around, they may go in other directions? Yeah. I was excited I didn’t have to make that final decision.”
But he admitted that between the end of the season and Saturday, this was the off-season he actually thought he might not return as captain as the Red Sox.
“This, more than any time in my career, I had probably the most interest from other teams and it was probably in the same regards that they have a need for the same and have a same type thing and it might...
Shaquille O'Neal will not play for the Celtics against the Bobcats Saturday night in Charlotte, Doc Rivers told reporters after the team's shootaround. Rookie Semih Erden will start in his place. Rivers is hopeful that Shaq will be able to play in the Celtics next game, which is Wednesday night in New York.
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