While I don’t exactly feel that my anger was misplaced in yesterday’s post about Boston’s yearning for John Farrell– because it is a sickeningly arrogant, or perhaps just delusional, stance from the Red Sox that it’s but a formality that anybody they so desire would rush to take a job offer from them, especially someone already employed by a division rival, and especially in the wake of their six week disasterfuck, and it would be completely infuriating for the Jays to, in a way, validate it– I must admit that I’m regretting that I didn’t take more time to piss on the whole damn ridiculous notion.
Which isn’t to say that I think it’s completely out of the realm of possibility that Farrell jumps ship to Boston. It’s just, I think it’s really, really unlikely– so much so that discussing potential compensation, or whether allowing him to talk is covered by the Jays’ talk to anyone you want policy, is pretty much entirely academic.
But if pointless discussion to fill your off-season days is what you crave, this story generated plenty for you!
Alex Speier of WEEI counters the Boston Globe report, saying that the Sox have no plans to poach a manager from another organization.
Davidi’s Sportsnet colleague Michael Grange shares my scorn for the notion that the Jays might actually let Farrell walk, if he would so choose.
Richard Griffin of the Toronto Star reviews the concerns and decides that it’s much ado about nothing.
At Getting Blanked Parkes pretty much exactly nails it, pissing on the insecurities of Jays fans who worry too much about the message that allowing Farrell to walk would send, on the fantastical compensation scenarios some are dreaming up, and on any notion that a manager is really all that important anyway.
And Mike Wilner of the Fan590 figures that if Farrell’s heart is in Boston, then why should anyone want him to stay here? But he doesn’t think it’s going to happen anyway.