Saturday, March 3, 2012

Jason Varitek, 33 Reasons to like him

Jason Varitek, Red Sox catcher since 1998, just announced his retirement as a player from major league baseball.  He is the winner of 2 world series championships, has caught more games than any other Red Sox catcher.  He caught no hitters 4 times, and if Schilling wasn't so stubborn, would've caught a 5th.  He was well known for his charitable contributions and involvement in the community.

Additionally, Jason's autograph is very valuable.  Authenticated autographs are valued between $99 - $200.  As historians look as his statistics and records, in addition to the fact that he played his entire career with one team, I foresee his autograph price increasing steadily.  This is despite the fact he won't be elected to the baseball hall of fame, at least through the writers association.

As I was thinking of Jason one thing came to mind, he is the 2nd most popular Boston athlete to wear #33.  We all know who the most popular is (Larry Bird). Yet I thought I would list 33 reasons to like Jason Varitek.  So in no particular order, the 33 reasons to like Jason Varitek are:

1.  Played his whole career with the Red Sox.
2.  Won 2 world series with the Red Sox.
3.  Caught Hideo Nomo's no hitter.
4.  Caught Derek Lowe's no hitter.
5.  Caught Jon Lester's no hitter.
6.  Caught Clay Buchholz's no hitter.
7.  Caught more games in Red Sox history, than any other catcher.
8.  Gave out autographed baseballs to children on Halloween.
9.  In his first MLB plate appearance he recorded his first MLB hit.
10.  Sat on the top step of the dugout during his rehab in 2006 and 2010.  Supported his teammates for every inning.
11.  His 2005 season:  All star starting catcher, gold glove award winner, silver slugger award winner.
12.  Caught the last out of the 2007 world series.
13.  Graduated from Georgia Tech.
14.  Only player to play in the little league world series championship game, in the college world series championship game, olympics, MLB world series, MLB all star game and World Baseball Classic.
15.  He is the only player in Georgia Tech history to have his number retired (33).
16.  He was the Red Sox Captain.
17.  Played in the Cape Cod League (League MVP 1993).
18.  He was a switch hitter.
19.  He is responsible for raising over $700,000 for Boston's Children's Hospital.
20.  Hosts an annual fundraiser putt, putt tournament.
21.  Is involved in 14 charitable foundations.
22.  He had to catch Daisuke Matsuzaka, Hideo Nomo, and Hideki Okajami.
23.  He played 15 seasons, all as a catcher.
24.  Caught 2 Cy young pitchers, Pedro Martinez and Bartolo Colon.
25.  He is in Georgia Tech's athletic hall of fame.
26.  He was the 26th player/coach to wear #33.  Past #33's were Tim McCarver, Jose Canseco, Darrell Johnson, Dave "Boo" Ferriss.
27.  He wore #47 in his first season (Terry Francona's wore that # as Red Sox manager)
28.  Played for 4 different managers:  Jimy Williams, Joe Kerrigan, Grady Little, Terry Francona.
29.  Played in 14 different playoff series.
30.  Had 33 RBI's in his playoff career.
31.  Was a 3 time all star.
32.  Was involved in one of the most lopsided trades in MLB history.
33.  Fought Alex Rodriguez on July 24, 2004.

Gronkowski is coming to Warwick Rhode Island!!!

One player Patriots fans have grown to love is tight end Rob Gronkowski.  His record setting season has propelled him to one of the most popular Patriots behind Tom Brady.  He is very popular with all the die hard Patriot fans and all females. 

Now is your chance to meet him a 2nd time in 6 weeks.   New England Picture and Sure Shot promotions have scheduled a public appearance with Rob Gronkowski in Rhode Island, on Tuesday March 27th.  From personal experience, especially after his New Hampshire appearance, I'm telling everyone to pre-purchase your tickets now.  He will sell out, and as has happened in New Hampshire, fans will be disappointed when they cannot purchase tickets at the door to acquire his autograph.
His pricing is great.  The charge for one autograph is $79 for regular items and $99 for premium items.  Inscriptions/personalization's are $25. 
The location is Agaves Mexican Grille
44 Quaker Ln., Warwick RI, 02886.
The time is scheduled for 7pm - 8:30pm. 
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Tyler Seguin, Boston Bruin Stanley Cup Champion, public appearance

One tip I encourage all collectors, new and old, to take advantage of,  is to meet a young athlete when the opportunity presents itself.  A very large chunk of my 2000 autographs came from players in their first 2-3 seasons with a team when they are cheap and accessible. 
Collectors will be afforded this rare opportunity on Tuesday March 20, when they can meet 20 year old, Boston Bruin, Tyler Seguin.  Tyler is still 5 years from his prime and has already had a significant impact on the Bruins, including winning the Stanley Cup.  His autograph will only become more valuable and more in demand over the next few years.  So take advantage now!!!!

The pricing for a young superstar as Tyler, is fantastic for this event.  Only $59 for regular items and $79 for premium, $25 for inscriptions.  I am telling you this will go up exponentially increase over his career. 

The information on location and time is below. 
Hope to see you there.