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September 12, 2007

Varitek: Don't boo Drew

HAVERHILL | Jason Varitek had gone through the early afternoon signing autographs for two hours, posing for pictures and thanking a few hundred natives from Red Sox Nation for their support.

He heard everything, from how great he is at handling pitchers to how the Red Sox fortunes changed forever when he fought the Yankees' Alex Rodriguez.

A few minutes after his last picture and handshake, after everyone had left, he started to act as if he was in Red Sox clubhouse wearing a "C" on his jersey.

And he had a thought.

What if Red Sox fans treated J.D. Drew the way he was treated at Jaffarian-Volvo Toyota yesterday?

"I wish the fans understood how much power they have," said Varitek. "They can help J.D. Drew. They really can."

The irony, said Varitek, is that by booing Drew, who has been mired in a season-long slump, the Red Sox chances of winning drops.

"I don't know if people understand this. J.D. Drew is not going anywhere. He's not only our right fielder now, but he's going to be here awhile," said Varitek. "If people can accept that fact, then maybe they might think differently."

Easier said then done, Varitek was informed.

Drew, as was advertised over the winter, has a way of looking disinterested in winning, or losing for that matter. He just doesn't look like he cares.

"He's not the kind of guy that throws his bat," said Varitek, who is not in that "Kevin Youkilis" category either. "Is his hat going to be as dirty as Trot's (Nixon) was? No. But that doesn't mean he doesn't care. And that doesn't mean he isn't good."

Varitek swears Drew is not as bad a player as it seems. Obviously, he said, something is not right.

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