Red Sox to celebrate 'Thanks, Tek Day'

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Red Sox to celebrate 'Thanks, Tek Day'

First there were the retirement press conferences of Tim Wakefield and Jason Varitek. Then there was the 100th anniversary celebration of Fenway Park, and Tim Wakefield's "Thanks, Wake Day." It's been a season full of remembering good times for the Red Sox, but the festivities aren't quite over yet.

The Red Sox will honor Varitek on July 21 with "Thanks, Tek Day" at Fenway Park. The club plays the Toronto Blue Jays at 7:10 p.m. The pre-game ceremony tribute is expected to begin at approximately 6:30 p.m.

Here are some impressive numbers to remember about the former Red Sox backstop when you're toasting him later this month:

Named the 18th full-time captain in Red Sox history on December 24, 2004 and was behind the plate in a club-record 1,488 contests.

Appeared in 15 seasons with the club, the fourth-longest tenured Red Sox ever who never played for another Major League team behind Carl Yastrzemski (23), Ted Williams (19) and Jim Rice (16).

A three-time All-Star (2003, 2005 and 2008).

Named the Red Sox Rookie of the Year in 1998.

Boston's team MVP in 2003.

First Boston catcher ever to win a Silver Slugger Award when he received the honor in 2005, the same year he was also honored with a Rawlings Gold Glove Award.

Won World Series Championships with Boston in 2004 and 2007 and is the clubs all-time postseason leader in games (63) and at-bats (228).

Ranks second among Red Sox postseason leaders in runs (37), hits (54), doubles (12) and home runs (tied, 11), and is third in RBI (33).

Third in all-time postseason starts (58) and games at catcher (62), behind Jorge Posada (106, 119) and Yogi Berra (61, 63).

Youkilis weighs in on Valentine possibly being Japan ambassador

Youkilis weighs in on Valentine possibly being Japan ambassador

Among the reactions to the news that Bobby Valentine was possibly being considered to be the US amassador to Japan in President Donald Trump’s administration was this beauty from Kevin Youkilis. 

Valentine famously called out Youkilis early in his stormy tenure as Red Sox manager in 2012. Remember? "I don't think he's as physically or emotionally into the game as he has been in the past for some reason," Bobby V said of Youk at the time. 

The Red Sox traded Youkilis to the White Sox for two not-future Hall of Famers, outfielder Brent Lillibridge and right-hander Zach Stewart, later that season.

Youkilis, now Tom Brady’s brother-in-law by the way, had a 21-game stint playing in Japan in 2014 before retiring from baseball. 

 

Report: Bobby Valentine could be Trump’s US ambassador to Japan

Report: Bobby Valentine could be Trump’s US ambassador to Japan

Major league manager. Inventor of the wrap sandwich. Champion ballroom dancer.  And…

US ambassador to Japan?

Bobby Valentine is on the short list for that position in President Donald Trump’s administration, according to a WEEI.com report.

The former Red Sox manager (fired after a 69-93 season and last-place finish in 2012), and ex-New York Mets and Texas Rangers, skipper, also managed the Chiba Lotte Marines in Japan’s Pacific League for six seasons. 

When asked by the New York Daily News if he's being considered for the post, Valentine responded: "I haven't been contacted by anyone on Trump's team." 

Would he be interested?

"I don't like to deal in hypotheticals," Valentine told the Daily News.

Valentine, 66, has known the President-elect and Trump's brother Bob since the 1980s, is close to others on Trump’s transition team and has had preliminary discussions about the ambassador position, sources told WEEI.com’s Rob Bradford. 

Valentine, currently the athletic director of Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, Conn., is also friendly with current Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, who, like Valentine, attended the University of Southern California.