Jason Varitek hugs fan

While he hasn’t donned a Boston Red Sox uniform since 2011, it’s safe to say that Jason Varitek is an institution in New England. And a special moment involving Varitek and a Sox fan has reminded baseball fans of just how important he is to the Boston faithful.

The three-time All-Star and Gold Glove Award-winning catcher was spending the day at Canobie Lake Park in New Hampshire with his family when his daughter spotted a man wearing a Red Sox jersey with his name on it. Varitek’s wife Catherine started filming as the longtime Boston player approached the man without letting on to his identity.

“Let me ask you, how is the pizza?” Varitek says as he approaches the man, who is eating a slice.

“It’s just microwavable pizza,” the unimpressed man responds.

Varitek continues to play along and asks for some food recommendations until Catherine says “I like your T-shirt.”

The man explains he’s a big fan of Tek and says that “sometimes you still see him at the games though,” which is true since Varitek is now on the Red Sox coaching staff.

That’s when the two-time World Series champ breaks the facade.

“Hello, I’m Jason,” says Varitek as he reaches out to shake his hand.

“Dude,” the man responds before giving Varitek a hug. “Oh my God, it’s Jason Varitek, dude, you got me…What are the odds — oh my God.”

As you can imagine, the responses and reactions were pretty positive.

It’s a good reminder that if you’re out somewhere in New England wearing a Jason Varitek jersey, there’s always a chance you might run into him. So make sure you remind yourself what he looks like before you head out.

[Catherine Varitek]

About Sean Keeley

Along with writing for Awful Announcing and The Comeback, Sean is the Editorial Strategy Director for Comeback Media. Previously, he created the Syracuse blog Troy Nunes Is An Absolute Magician and wrote 'How To Grow An Orange: The Right Way to Brainwash Your Child Into Rooting for Syracuse.' He has also written non-Syracuse-related things for SB Nation, Curbed, and other outlets. He currently lives in Seattle where he is complaining about bagels. Send tips/comments/complaints to sean@thecomeback.com.