Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe has quite the juicy tidbit out of Beantown this morning: “When the Red Sox and Terry Francona parted ways, Blue Jays manager John Farrell was the preferred candidate to manage the team, according to a major league source.”
Not only that, Farrell is apparently still in the picture to fill the vacancy, though Cafardo says “there is conflicting information on how deep the Red Sox are at this point in continuing their exploration of Farrell.”
How’s that for a test of the Jays’ talk to anybody you want policy?
“Farrell, 49, turned down interviews in Seattle and Pittsburgh with the expectation that his time would come in Boston,” writes Cafardo. “But last offseason, when it appeared Francona was firmly entrenched – with a two-year extension on the horizon – Farrell took the leap and accepted Toronto’s managing job.”
Cafardo– who believes the Jays might value a compensatory player over a manager, especially with Brian Butterfield and Don Wakamatsu on staff and easily able to step in– has a source who tells him that the Sox are concerned about what sort of compensation they might have to give up to a division rival, and that the idea may have already come up and gone nowhere.
He also, quite bizarrely, suggests that “the presence of the manager doesn’t have quite the impact in Toronto that it does in Boston.”
Regardless, after the weaknesses demonstrated over his first season as manager, undoubtedly a lot of Jays fans will read all this and figure that Farrell isn’t worth fighting for– especially with a tasty bit of compensation coming back the Jays way. In fact, some of more ridiculous ones will probably be jumping for joy at the opportunity to rid the club of him.
My mind could be changed, I think– depending on what come back the other way, should this fantasy actually be realized– but I’d tend to disagree.
One reason is that it certainly felt as though Farrell got better as the year went on. And while part of that because Alex Anthopoulos traded some of the guys he was most badly misusing, and another part of it was also that we simply became resigned to the fact that he was going to run Eric Thames out there in the two-hole every fucking day, my sense is that he can continue to get better, that he wants to get better, and that he’s very open to listening to what the General Manager has to say about those kinds of details.
I also think he’s a strong presence for the club to sell. He’s well spoken, media-savvy and intelligent, and those things could go a long way towards re-building the Jays as a winning brand.
More than any of that, though (because, let’s be honest, it’s mostly just horseshit), I hate the fucking attitude of the Red Sox. Their clubhouse is chock full of complete fucking assholes, their dickbag ownership slimes Terry Francona on the way out the door, they let Theo Epstein walk, left and right the media is digging into what happens behind closed doors– and finding people who’ll talk– and they expect that whoever they fucking want should come running back to them salivating, arms open, ready to take whatever bone they’ll throw him, because they are the Boston Red Sox? Fuck you!
And fuck the Jays if, for a second, they consider acting like they view themselves as a second-class organization, like they’re here to be pillaged like the Kansas City fucking A’s.