You might not care a whit about Jason Varitek. You're only reading this because you accidentally clicked on a link on the sidebar of one of your favorite team blogs. Sorry about that.
But you can still relate to the Jason Varitek retirement, even if only through the perspective of your own team. Every team has a player like Varitek, whose popularity and synonymity with the franchise transcends WAR totals. Whether that player is Pat Burrell or Frank White, every team has a player who isn't going into the Hall of Fame, but will always be a local legend.
Varitek's one of those guys for Red Sox fans. And over at Over the Monster, Matthew Kory puts his sentiments into words:
So why am I writing about Jason Varitek's retirement announcement? Because I didn't expect to feel anything watching it...
... it was a strange sight to see the big man standing in front of his peers trying to hold back. I hadn't expected to feel anything at that point. Players move on all the time in baseball. They're there one year and gone the next. It's part of being a fan. But Varitek was different. I know because as he got choked up, I felt a lump in my throat.
Maybe your player is Dave Stieb or Ron Cey. Figuring out who your team's comp is for Varitek in the warm-fuzzy department will help you understand what Red Sox fans are feeling right now.