Boston Red Sox catcher Jason Varitek(notes) laces up a pair of ice skates before participating in the First Skate at Fenway, Friday, Dec. 18, 2009, in Boston. The Boston Bruins and Philadelphia Flyers will face off in the Winter Classic NHL hockey game on Jan. 1, 2010 - AP Photo

“I believe that it takes certain players to play here and when you have those players you don’t want to lose them. I hope that…I don’t want to lose the Mikey Lowell’s, the JBay’s, those type of people that are ball players. And that’s out our control but still having played with them, I’ll go to war and put them in the trenches anytime.”

Boston Red Sox captain Jason Varitek on the potential losses of Jason Bay and Mike Lowell