Jason Varitek: 'I've defied odds before'

For Red Sox captain, new backup role could mean Fisk-like longevity

Updated: February 27, 2010, 6:39 PM ET
By Gordon Edes | ESPNBoston.com

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- The contract is due to end this year. The desire to play remains strong.

Turns out that was anything but idle chatter, bullpen coach Gary Tuck's remark Friday that catcher Jason Varitek is capable of playing four or five more seasons.

"I've defied odds before," Varitek said Saturday morning when Tuck's comments were relayed to him. "You never know."

There was even less ambiguity in his answer when asked if he wanted to extend his career as far as it would ...

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