Jason Varitek, a favorite through thick and thin

If anything else, the turn on Varitek by some of the fans — a very common “passionate New England sports fan” trait, unfortunately — doubled my resolve in supporting the Red Sox’ captain. I believe in cheering players when they perform well and bring glory to the home team, but I also believe in sticking with them through hard times, assuming that they haven’t done anything abhorrent to warrant such treatment.