Of course with the season after his retirement marked more by chaos than playoffs there would be speculation that long time captain Jason Varitek could return to manage the Red Sox. The rumors are out there with many in the Sox fan base either not liking Bobby Valentine from the outset or turning on him during the season.
The idea that Varitek could return to manage the current Sox roster is silly. Even after a trade that may register a 7.8 on the Richter scale he is simply too close to too many players on the team. Separating friend from employee would be difficult and unfair. More importantly Varitek needs managerial experience.
Varitek could get that experience in Greenville.
Flying under the radar of Red Sox news in recent days was a visit by Varitek to Fluor Field at West End to watch the Greenville Drive take on rival Asheville (NC) Tourists. Varitek took in the game from the owners’ box. It’s almost 1,000 miles between Fluor Field and Fenway Park, certainly a long way to drive just to see a single-A ball game.
Adding substance to the speculation was Cherrington’s company while watching the game: Ben Cherrington.
At season’s end when the Red Sox announce their annual organizational reshuffling, don’t be surprised when a seat in the Drive’s ownership box is given to Varitek.