The Captain

It’s been almost a month since the Red Sox ended their season officially, and with the World Series set to start tomorrow, why not drop these photos onto the blog, eh?

Having worked for the Cubs, and then covering the then-Tampa Bay Devil Rays, I’ve been pretty used to covering the last game of a season for a non-playoff team. Never really wanted to cover it for my hometown Red Sox, but I didn’t really expect them to be in the mix once their major injuries started popping up in the middle of the summer.

But the story on the last day of the season wasn’t the end of a disappointing season, but rather the possible last appearance of the captain — Jason Varitek — in a Red Sox uniform. No one knows for sure what will happen, but the Fenway faithful made sure to send him off in style, just in case.

10.3.2010 — BOSTON — Red Sox catcher Jason Varitek waves the Fenway Park crowd after being pulled in the ninth inning against the Yankees on Oct. 3, 2010.


10.3.2010 — BOSTON — Red Sox catcher Jason Varitek heads back to the dugout after flying out in his final at-bat of the 2010 season against the Yankees on Oct. 3, 2010.


10.3.2010 — BOSTON — Red Sox catcher Jason Varitek walks back to the dugout after striking out against the Yankees in the sixth inning as Yankees catcher Jorge Posada talks to his infielders on Oct. 3, 2010.


10.3.2010 — BOSTON — Red Sox catcher Jason Varitek gets a hug from manager Terry Francona after being pulled in the ninth inning against the Yankees on Oct. 3, 2010.

And here’s a few more from a potentially disastrous pre-game gimmick and from the game itself.

10.3.2010 — BOSTON — Red Sox Ryan Kalish, left, and Lars Anderson toss souvenir balls to fans before facing the Yankees in the final game of the season on Oct. 3, 2010.


10.3.2010 — BOSTON — A few fans are caught off guard as the Red Sox tossed souvenir balls into the stands before facing the Yankees in the final game of the season on Oct. 3, 2010.


10.3.2010 — BOSTON — Red Sox starting pitcher John Lacket pitches to Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez on Oct. 3, 2010.


10.3.2010 — BOSTON — Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter applies a late tag on a stealing Red Sox center fielder Ryan Kalish in the sixth inning on Oct. 3, 2010.

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