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Jason Varitek unmasked, unforgettable

Sox captain put in as much offseason work as ever, but finally recognized it's over

Updated: March 2, 2012, 10:46 AM ET
By Gordon Edes | ESPNBoston.com

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- The hands, tough and callused from the hours he had spent this winter swinging a bat in the basement of his Georgia home as he prepared for another season, told Jason Varitek that he still could play. Look at these hands, he told the gathering of family and friends and teammates and bosses here Thursday night.

His heart, however, informed him differently. So it was that two weeks ago, when Varitek and Leslie Eddins -- his personal trainer for the past 14 years ...

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