Meet the 2011 Red Sox
On the benchC Jason Varitek
Fast fact: Varitek has caught 1,420 games. Among active players, only Pudge Rodriguez (2,390), Jason Kendall (2,025), and Jorge Posada (1,573) have more.
Lowdown: Varitek is equal parts backup and mentor to Saltalamacchia, team captain, and pitching consultant. He turns 39 on April 11 but remains one of the physically strongest players on the team. One question the Sox hope not to answer: Can he become the starter if Saltalamacchia falters or goes down with an injury?