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Chad Finn

Time for Jason Varitek to become a special memory

Catcher’s contributions to Red Sox will always be legendary

Jason Varitek’s Red Sox legacy was pretty much encapsulated in two iconic photographs. Making Alex Rodriguez eat the glove in perhaps the pivotal moment of the 2004 season. Then, rejoicing and hoisting Alan Embree a few months later, at last victorious in a must-win moment on the Yankee Stadium turf after closing out a win in the ALCS. One photo is pure toughness. The other, pure elation.

The first World Series in 86 seasons was secured a little more than a week later, and should you prefer a photo of Varitek bounding into Keith Foulke’s arms after the final out of the World Series to the one of Embree, well, either is a fine choice for man-cave decor. The meaning remains the same: Faith was rewarded. History was overcome. And Varitek’s role was so integral to that season of a lifetime that these images will

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