What was your welcome-to-the big-leagues moment? My first at bat, pinch-hitting in Detroit in 1997. I didn't get a chance to warm up. Ran in from the pen, grabbed a bat, took one practice swing and was up. The pitcher was Kevin Jarvis. I got a hit. But it happened way too fast.
Your most embarrassing moment? Those come quite often, so it's hard to pick just one. But I once spent a solid five minutes trying to get a [cast-iron] donut off a bat while I was in the on-deck circle at Fenway Park.
If I weren't in the major leagues, I'd be ... probably coaching.
What's the one thing about being a big league player that people don't know? We're normal people. If you were my neighbor, I'd loan you my square shovel.
June 26, 2005
What's your most treasured possession? My World Series ring. I wear it more on the road in case I run into friends and family who haven't seen it. In Boston you try not to bring attention to yourself.
Varitek blocked the plate to save a run, then bunted for a hit and scored the game-winner in a 6--5 win over Pittsburgh on Friday.
Sox go to Philadelphia, then host Cleveland, against whom Varitek has a .288 batting average.