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Strong work ethic defines Varitek

From his tireless work ethic to his tremendous leadership skills, Jason Varitek is always in charge.

Originally Published: February 16, 2005
By Sean McAdam | Special to ESPN.com

Last season, he hit nearly .300 and compiled an OBP of .390. He has hit as many as 25 homers in a season and knocked in as many as 85 runs. A year ago, he even managed to swipe 10 bases.

But those numbers are of secondary importance to Jason Varitek, who is quick to remind everyone that, first and foremost, he's a catcher.

The offensive production may be helpful to the Red Sox, but Varitek's primary responsibility is to handle the Boston pitching staff.

"Everything else,'' ...

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