“Like Sands Through the Hour Glass…..Starring Jason Varitek”

Even this Yankee fan is on the edge of her seat. Will Varitek sign with the Red Sox by the time I wake up in the morning here on the West Coast? Will Josh Beckett, Jon Lester and Dice K have their trusty catcher to catch to? Will Red Sox fans like Julia and Elizabeth get their guy back?
According to MLB.com, there’s a chance Varitek would actually sit out the season rather than take less than he feels he’s worth. I can’t picture it, but stranger things have happened in baseball….and on soap operas.
Here, then, are some scenes that provide a glimpse of how a Red Sox-Varitek love affair might conclude.
Take 1: The Worst Case Scenario.

Take 2: Scott Boras The Devil Intervenes.

Take 3: Together Forever…Again.

How’s this for trivia. Before becoming an actor, Drake Hogestyn (above) played minor league baseball for the Yankees. He turned to soaps when he couldn’t make it to the bigs. Our loss? Their loss? Toss-up.


  1. juliasrants

    We have less then 3 hours (it is just after 5:30am local time) to go. I don’t think any of us thought we would be counting down these final hours. If the Captain doesn’t resign – I think he will lose a lot of respect among the fans. But we will know that unlike John & Marlena, our bosses didn’t fire Jason. The blame will rest with both Boras & sadly, Jason himself.


  2. PAUL

    I never thought I’d find a soap more nonsensical than the Bold and the Beautiful, but I did—when my fiancee started watching Days of our Lives. There’s the guy with the eye patch; the British race car driver; the brothers fighting over the same woman yet marrying other women; the annoying, whiny teenage son of Sammy; the incurably ill ne’er do well who was miraculously cured; Billy Warlock, erstwhile star of Baywatch who quit just as the show hit it big in true David Caruso fashion and wound up on an afternoon soap instead of on CSI…and it’s amazing that the Yankees-Red Sox stuff competes with this in terms of absurdity, but it does!!!

  3. redstatebluestate

    Like they say, “once a Yankee, always a Yankee” which includes too much drama and poor acting skills (see A-Rod for more info)… probably better that Hogestyn got out of baseball though. On Varitek… I gotta admit my boredom with this story. He’s no Manny… so if he were smart he’d have taken the still hefty offer and been done with it by now.

  4. Jane Heller

    I honestly didn’t think I’d wake up and find this situation unresolved, Julia. But I guess it’s going right down to the wire (or to the commercial break, as it were).

    I hear you, maxguys. What would the rivalry be without Varitek?

    Melissa, I’m not sure they’ll be heartbroken at this point. I’d be kind of sick of the whole thing.

    Paul, you actually think it’s nonsensical to come back from the dead 100 times, be taken over by the devil and have a computer chip implanted in your brain? Makes perfect sense to me!

    Kaybee, I’m not sure they really need Varitek. I’m sure Theo Epstein has a backup plan if he doesn’t sign.

    Varitek is no Manny, Jeff. If Pettitte could hold his nose and take $5 million, then so can he. Ridiculous.

    Jenn, John and Marlena FINALLY left the show last week after a zillion years. The show wanted them to take a pay cut (sound familiar?) and they refused. So they got canned. That last clip was the promo for their farewell. Of course, they could be brought back in a few years as clones or something.

  5. Jane Heller

    Bern, what else do we have to write about? Manny’s soap opera doesn’t have the same “pathos,” so we’re stuck with this one.

  6. hseely@twcny.rr.com


    The Barnes & Noble in Syracuse, NY, does not have your book on its shelf. (It only has one shelf.) Get on it! el duque

  7. Jane Heller

    I’m not surprised, duque. The official pub date isn’t until next week, Feb 3. But even then, it might be a special order at your Barnes & Noble. B&N seems to think the book is a “regional buy.” I’m going to prove them wrong.

    Congratulations, Elizabeth. I couldn’t imagine it going any other way.

    I like the idea of both books, King. Thanks for stopping by!

  8. Erin Kathleen

    I guess Tek ended up signing a one-year dzzzzzzzzz…… Seriously, this has to be the least interesting plotline of the whole Hot Stove Soap Opera this season. Jason Varitek and the Red Sox are like Heidi and Spencer from the Hills: nobody really cares what happens to them but we all have to hear about it anyway.

  9. Jane Heller

    Heidi and Spencer! And I was dipping into “Days of our Lives” for my comparison. Yours is better, Erin.

    Bonds mania, Grant? I thought next up was Manny mania, judging by the “Million Manny March” in New York. (Well, they only had 40 people marching.)

  10. redbirdchatter

    Brilliant! I love the “Days” tie in. How many times has Doc been dead, possessed or had amnesia? How many different people has John been? Yet, you know they’ll always get together in the end. Just like ‘Tek and the Red Sox.



  11. Jane Heller

    Ah, so you’re a “Days” watcher, Kathy? Doc and John left the show last week. Their contracts weren’t renewed. So the characters supposedly went to Switzerland for medical treatment. LOL.

  12. redbirdchatter

    I was a “Days” watcher off and on for years. One year, during lent, I gave up all the TV shows I wouldn’t admit to watching (Days, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, etc.). When I tuned in after Easter, I realized I had missed nothing, and it was never quite the same for me. I heard Doc and John were leaving. Medical treatment…that cracks me up.


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