There is nothing more aggravating as a sports fan than when you are fed obvious nonsense from a team. Being a Red Sox fan, you would think we would get used to all the rubbish that comes from the mouths of management and the front office. However, they always seem to find ways to make Sox fans pull their hair out.
In case you missed this rather important piece of news, the Red Sox signed left handed pitcher David Price to a 7-year, $217 million contract. That's $31 million dollars a year for a guy who was the runner-up for the Cy Young award. Not a bad signing for a team that desperately needed an ace. However, according to our manager, $217 million and a Cy Young bid isn't enough to guarantee the number one spot on the Boston Red Sox.
Yes, that same Boston Red Sox team who had "5 number 1's" according to Farrell last year. Those numbers 1's ended up ranking 25th in the league in ERA (4.31). So, you can see what I mean when I say that this team feeds us utter nonsense.
After a year of not having an ace in the rotation, the Sox go out and sign one of the best starting pitchers in the game. Red Sox reporter Jonny Miller recently asked Farrell if he had officially announced an opening day starter, to which Farrell replied: "We're getting there. I think it's clear who we'll end up starting."
Oh thank the lord, we're finally going to get a straight answer from John Farrell; or so we thought. Farrell says it's pretty clear who they're going to start, but can't quite say the name of the guy they just gave $200+ million to. As if the Indians had any doubt that David Price would be taking the ball on April 4th.
Farrell would go on to say: "We have to establish first who's pitching the best, then all those points will be factored in." Matt Barnes has thrown 4 2/3 scoreless innings, so according to Farrell, it might be him on opening day.
Farrell continues: "I've given thought to having David Price on the mound as much as possible, how's that sound?" It sounds great John, it sounds like any dink that knows what a baseball looks like would have the same thought. No need to be sarcastic with the media, especially when you refuse to answer the most obvious question involved with this team.
I'm not sure why John Farrell has trouble using names while managing this team. They're professional athletes, Rick Porcello's feeling won't be hurt if you name David Price as the opening day starter. The same as Wade Miley's feelings wouldn't have been hurt if you named him a number 3 starter last year.
The 2013 World Series was definitely a fun year for the Red Sox, but it was lightning in a bottle, and they couldn't replicate that again if they tried 100 times. John Farrell had little-to-nothing to do with that Championship, especially when it came time to play in St. Louis, just ask Brandon Workman.
Farrell was in over his head when it came to the playoffs in the 2013 season. In my opinion, he is one of the worst managers to win a World Series since Ozzie Guillen with the White Sox. I find it hard to believe that we will be seeing much of John Farrell this season if the Red Sox get out to a slow start.
"5 number 1's" is the same as a little league team losing the championship game and still getting a trophy. That's exactly what Farrell is, a little league coach.
By Matt Watts