Jason Varitek: ‘Quit looking at their faults’ and ‘get behind’ Josh Beckett and Jon Lester
|07.22.12 at 1:15 am ET|
The man who knows the two struggling Red Sox pitchers better than anyone in the current clubhouse has a message for the fans: Show the two pitchers love – not hate – and they will respond in kind.
“I’m just a believer that they need, they need Red Sox Nation to get behind them, quit looking at the faults,” Varitek said. “What hasn’t happened, hasn’t happened [yet]. They have a chance not only at the wild card but they’re still [9 1/2 games] out [behind the Yankees]. A lot of baseball left. They make a difference, and have made a difference, both positively and negatively. If they gear that toward the positive side, they can propel this team because this is a good team.
“I don’t think they’re that far off. Start before last, Josh had a great outing. You live in the moment, OK, he hasn’t had one of those in a quite a while, if I’ve been paying attention enough. But, to do that, and to live in that [bad] moment doesn’t allow them to get behind a Josh for his next outing because you live in his next outing because you can’t do anything about the one before.”
Varitek did not sound like someone concerned that the Red Sox are now 13-22 in the 35 games started by the two would-be aces of the staff.
“I think they’re fine,” Varitek said. “It’s just a matter of them executing what they can do. Sometimes, all of us face difficulty. There’s time. Lester has got probably another 10-plus starts left this year, same with Josh. I think they perform pretty well in a lot of outings. But to live with one or two outings, or one out of three or whatever it is … just get behind them.”
What was interesting Saturday night was the admission by Varitek that not being in the clubhouse on an every day basis has reduced his credibility to say something direct.
“My advice came most when I’m able to do what I do and see from a certain angle and do certain things,” Varitek said. “You’re not completely involved to allow yourself to give that same advice. You have to be in tact, more involved. You can always help with a personal relationship with people and what they’re going through. It’s about being real with people and the communication.”
Varitek believes this team is still a good team, capable of making a quality playoff run in the final two months of the season.
“I think this is a good Red Sox team,” Varitek said. “They’ve faced a lot. They’ve faced a lot of adversity, missing a lot of pieces, parts throughout everything. They’ve pitch well. They have the ability to do what they did the other night. They stayed in the game pitching and can win a game late. They’re going to have plenty of offense, especially when David gets back and it’s a good team.”
Latest from Bleacher Report
- Boston Red Sox: Final Predictions for Each Key Spring Position Battle
- Boston Red Sox: The 5 Most Disappointing Players in Spring Training So...
- David Price Likely to Start Season on DL as He Recovers from Arm Injury
- Boston Red Sox: 5 Players Who Are in Serious Danger of Being Cut or...
- David Price Reportedly Won't Need Elbow Surgery, Will Be Out 7-10 Days
- David Price's Elbow Could Make or Break Red Sox's World Series Dreams
- David Price Underwent MRI on Elbow Injury, Scratched from Spring Training...
- Podcast Ep. #114: Straight Outta A-Ball
- Fort Report: New scouting reports, Meyers motivational WBC experience
- Ockimey making adjustments after second-half swoon
- Notes from the Field: Mata, Anderson, Dalbec, Hill and more from Day Three
- Meyers' big WBC moment now his motivation in camp
- Fort Report: Staff spends the weekend at camp
- Notes from the Field: Devers, Tobias, Garcia and more from Days One and Two
- Fort Report: Owens, Johnson highlight first round of cuts
- Podcast Ep. #113: It's Hard to Develop Baseball Players
- Podcast Ep. #112: If He Dies, He Dies