Playing without the Captain
it is official. Your 2006 Red Sox have reached their first crisis point of the season. Jason Varitek is going to be gone until September it looks like, and the Red Sox will be without both their captain, catcher and leader of the pitching staff.
That’s a lot to live without for any period of time. How will this team respond? Mirabelli is a good backup, but his production will likely be lacking on an everyday basis. Is Ken Huckaby really the answer as the backup? And could timing have been any worse, Varitek getting injured just hours after the trade deadline?
Looking for a positive development? Well, if the Red Sox can hold down the fort during Varitek’s absence, he might return a more productive player for the stretch run. Consider all the nagging injuries he’s been playing with all year. I would think that not playing for a month will do wonders for Varitek’s beaten up body.
The Red Sox are going to have to find a way to make this work, otherwise they’ll be watching October from television. In the next few weeks, we will truly find out how good this team really is.