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Jason Varitek surprised a fan at Canobie Lake Park who didn’t recognize him

Jason Varitek now serves as the game-planning coordinator for the Red Sox.Barry Chin/Globe Staff

An unsuspecting man eating pizza at Canobie Lake Park in Salem, N.H., wearing a Jason Varitek T-shirt got approached by the former Red Sox catcher himself, but he didn’t recognize him until a quick introduction.

The “sneak attack” was captured by Varitek’s wife Catherine and shared to Twitter.

“Let me ask you, how is the pizza?” Tek says, walking up to the man after one of the Variteks’ children spotted him.

“It’s just microwavable pizza,” the man says, clearly unimpressed by the slice and unaware whom he’s talking to.

After Varitek asks for any other food recommendations, Catherine tells the man, “I like your T-shirt” (hint, hint).


“Oh, thank you.”

“Are you a fan of him?”

“Yeah, always.”

“He doesn’t play anymore though?”

“No, no. Sometimes you still see him at the games though.”

Varitek is on the Red Sox coaching staff, so he is, indeed, at the games.

The man then goes back to talking earnestly about the amusement park’s food options before Varitek interrupts him.

“Hello, I’m Jason,” the former Red Sox captain says, shaking the man’s hand.

“Dude,” the man says, stunned, before giving Varitek a hug.

“Oh my God, it’s Jason Varitek. Dude, you got me,” he says as everyone shares a laugh. “What are the odds? Oh my God.”