It was an odd and incongruent sight, kind of like Dennis Rodman in a priest’s habit.

In the good ol’ days, when Jason Varitek was a catcher of considerable grit, he’d conduct postgame interviews with an ice pack on virtually every part of his body -- knees, groin, hamstrings, neck.

But when the Red Sox were finished with their Wednesday workout, Varitek strolled to the interview area looking like he had just left the 18th green: white polo shirt with thin, multi-colored stripes, gray shorts and gray Nikes.

Varitek, who retired in 2011 and took 2012 off to spend time with his family, is back in camp as a special assistant to general manager Ben Cherington. It’s a role that is going to require considerable adjustment.