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Tuesday, February 28, 2012
Photos: Varitek through the years

By ESPNBoston.com

A look back at Jason Varitek's career in photos:

Alex Rodriguez
Any photo retrospective of Jason Varitek's career in Boston has to start with him shoving his mitt in Alex Rodriguez's face to spark a 2004 brawl.

Jason Varitek
Varitek celebrates with Keith Foulke after the Red Sox snapped their 86-year World Series title drought in 2004.

Jason Varitek
With a new 'C' on his shirt and a new contract in his pocket, Varitek holds his new jewelry at the 2004 ring ceremony.

Jason Varitek and Jonathan Papelbon
'Tek' gets ready to jump in the arms of Jonathan Papelbon after the Red Sox beat the Indians in Game 7 of the 2007 ALCS.

Jason Varitek and George Bush
Captain Varitek presents President Bush with an autographed jersey at the White House ceremony honoring the 2007 champs.

Jason Varitek and Jon Lester
Varitek was behind the plate for a record four no-hitters, including Jon Lester's on May 19, 2008.

Jason Varitek
When Varitek left the last game of the 2010 season, he received a huge ovation from Fenway fans who weren't sure if he'd back for 2011.

Jason Varitek
All the moments weren't rosy for Varitek; his error in this game against the Yankees was part of the infamous collapse of last September.

Tim Wakefield and Jason Varitek
Varitek celebrates the 200th career win of Tim Wakefield, another long-time member of the Red Sox who retired this winter.

Jason Varitek
Varitek was a 25-year-old prospect with the Mariners in 1996, two years after the club drafted him with the 14th pick in Round 1.

Varitek
In one of the best trades in Red Sox history, the club sent closer Heathcliff Slocumb to Seattle for Varitek and Derek Lowe in 1997. Varitek spent the next 15 seasons in Boston.

Joe Girardi, Jason Varitek
When Varitek started off with the Sox, current Yankees manager Joe Girardi was still behind the plate for New York.

Pedro Martinez
Pedro Martinez jumped in Varitek's arms after pitching six perfect innings in relief to secure Game 5 of the 1999 ALDS.