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Truck Day clubhouse tour video revealed Jason Varitek’s impending retirement

Longtime Boston Red Sox catcher Jason Varitek catcher is expected to announce his retirement on Thursday, but it appears that the organization knew about the impending announcement long before anyone else did.

How so? Video of a New York family’s tour of the Red Sox clubhouse on Truck Day (the annual event in early February when the Red Sox load up gear in an equipment truck at Fenway Park that then makes the 1,480-mile trek to the team’s new spring training complex in Fort Myers, Fla., for spring training) revealed that Varitek’s nameplate already had been removed from above his locker. The fact that these folks noticed the nameplate’s absence prompted Red Sox CEO Larry Lucchino to insist that its removal was only “temporary.”

The family’s summary of the video (via YouTube, by way of

On truck day, a glorious tour of the Red Sox Club House turns sad when fans discover Jason Varitek’s locker has been reassigned. Red Sox CEO Larry Lucchino kindly tries to cover it up. Out of respect for both, we held back this video until the retirement became public. Thanks for a great ride, Captain!

Wait. A family from New York doing something out of respect for the Boston Red Sox organization? What the heck is going on here?