After being traded as a minor league prospect by the Seattle Mariners, Varitek played his entire major league career for the Boston Red Sox, for whom he now works as a special assistant.
A three-time All-Star and Gold Glove Award winner at catcher, as well as a Silver Slugger Award winner, Varitek was part of both the 2004 World Series and 2007 World Series Championship teams, and was viewed widely as one of the team's leaders.
Varitek was called up for a single game on September 24, 1997, collecting a single in his only at bat.
During the 1998 season, Varitek split time with incumbent catcher Scott Hatteberg playing in 86 games.
In 1993, he hit .371 while winning both the league batting championship and MVP.