Among the flood of inside information that’s come in the wake of the Red Sox September collapse and the ridiculous fried chicken and beer scandal that followed– BASEBALL PLAYERS DRINK BEER, ALERT THE GODDAMN MEDIA!– have been a few nuggets about John Farrell, who was the pitching coach in Boston from 2006 until last season. These paint quite a different picture, I think, that you get from listening to the intelligent, well-spoken Jays manager in pre- and post-game scrums, or– as we heard this week– very casually interacting with fans on the radio.
I mean, under the media savvy veneer Farrell certainly looks like an intimidating guy, but in actual fact… it turns out he kinda is!
“Did this pitching staff work as hard for Curt Young as they did for John Farrell?” asked one of either Mut or Merloni from Boston’s WEEI during an interview this week with Sox pitcher Clay Buchholz.
“Uh… you know, it’s a different personality,” Buchholz said. “Curt’s a really laid back guy, and I don’t have anything bad to say about Curt. He was a cool dude and he talked to me anytime I needed to talk to somebody about whatever. Obviously half the season that was just talking– it might have been talking about playing long toss, it wasn’t talking about pitching– but, you know, just two different personalities. Curt was, like I said, laid back. And then John it was– whenever I got called up it was like, OK, I don’t want to talk to him unless I have to, ’cause I’m scared of him. I mean, yeah, there was a difference there, but as far–”
“Was it more lax?” Mut or Merloni interjected.
“I mean… yeah,” Buchholz continued. “I mean, maybe? I guess it wasn’t– like I said, John wasn’t– he was more of an intense guy and he was a straight shooter. And Curt, he was– it was just two different personalities.”
Gold! … Y’know, if you’re into that sort of thing.
There was also this from Farrell himself, by way of Curt Schilling in a radio interview that showed up on Deadspin last week:
“I’ve talked to enough people to know that it’s not lies,” Schilling said of Josh Beckett’s down-the-stretch behaviour. “I think that the loss of John Farrell had a massive amount to do with why this all happened. I spoke to him the other day and the first thing I said to him was ‘Wow. I don’t see any of this happening if you stay.’ And he was like, ‘Well, it might have happened, but there would have been a couple of fist-fights along the way and I would have been gone at some point.’ “
Stay in line, Blue Jays. Stay in line.