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Retiring was ‘most difficult decision’ for Jason Varitek

Teammates given tearful goodbye

FORT MYERS, Fla. - Jason Varitek had his emotions in check until he looked up and saw so many of his teammates lined up behind the chairs where his parents sat.

There were Jon Lester and Clay Buchholz, two of the four pitchers he guided to no-hitters. Tim Wakefield, his teammate for 15 years who had announced his own retirement only two weeks earlier, was there. So was Josh Beckett, the stubborn Texan who insisted Varitek had to catch him.

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