Jason Varitek’s on-base percentage is .302.
That sunk in yet?
Exactly two catchers in the 107-year history of the Red Sox to this point finished a full season with an OBP that low: Lou Criger (.256 in 1903, .283 in 1904) and Tony Pena (.291 in 1991). This is the man Terry Francona sent up to pinch hit in a key situation last night. The man whose OPS+ is so low, the only other years where a full-time Sox catcher posted one lower were 1903, 1922, 1924 and 1991.
Have fun thinking about that, as the Red Sox look to avoid the three-game sweep tonight to the Tampa Bay Rays.