The few, the loud, the Boston media.
Jays manager John Farrell spoke today on MLB Network Radio, affirming that he is, indeed, the manager of the Toronto Blue Jays. “That’s where I’ve been the last year. That’s where I currently am,” Sherlock fucking Holmes continued.
“This speculation started to rear its head again about the final two months of the season,” he explains, and “I can tell you this: in my conversations with Alex it hasn’t distracted me from my job and what the commitment there is. I’m extremely challenged, happy as the manager of the Blue Jays. But it’s obvious that there’s a vacancy to fill there, and they’re going about their interview process as it is, with a couple of guys coming in there today and tomorrow, I guess. But nothing has been communicated directly to me, as far as– if the Red Sox have contacted Alex, I’m unaware of that. So where it stands is what I said: manager of the Blue Jays.”
Now, if we really wanted to, I suppose we could parse some of his words here. For starters, I suppose you could say he’s not exactly as entirely emphatic you could imagine in his statement of commitment to the Jays, but that’s really only if you’re expecting him to bang his fist on the desk and start frothing at the mouth.
Or, y’know, actually say that he’s not interested in going to Boston, which would fucking end this all real quick, no?
He also is very obviously paying attention to the reports, tossing a transparently aloof “I guess” at the end of his regurgitation of the reports that Tim Wallach and Brad Ausmus have headed to Boston to interview for the gig.
And if we really want to try hard, it’s funny, also, that he also says that nothing has been communicated directly to him. So… what’s been communicated indirectly, huh?
Y’know, besides the ridiculous love-in for Farrell that’s spewing from Boston’s fucking pores– or, at the very least, Sean Casey’s moustache.
The MLB Network host had a few good things to say about the Jays manager, I guess, as passed along in the latest saga update that could have been written any time in the last two weeks, from Rob Bradford of WEEI.com.
“I absolutely love John Farrell. If that ends up happening, that will be such a breath of fresh air in that clubhouse. Those guys, they’ll do anything for him. He’s a great fit.”
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“When he went to Toronto and things fell apart in Boston, the first thing I thought was, ‘Man, I wish they bet John Farrell was still available.’ He’s like Tito. Guys love him. And for us, even as position players, we got to know John. Sometimes you don’t get to know the pitching coach well, but you wanted to be around John. He brings out the best in people. He’s such a smart guy. He’s such a baseball guy. John Farrell is the type of guy you just want to be around. I can’t say enough good things about John Farrell.
“This guy is different. This guy is a baseball player. He gets it. He would be a great communicator. He gets people. At the end of the day, especially in a place like Boston, you have to be able to get people because you have to understand the team, the media and so many other different things. John Farrell is just one of those guys. … He’s somebody you want to have a beer with, but you respect the heck out of him. You respect who he is as a man. When he talks, you listen.”
Jesus Christ, no wonder Farrell won’t emphatically rule out jumping ship. When the hell was the last time someone said something like that about him around here?