ST. LOUIS -- As they readied for Game 4 at Busch Stadium, the Red Sox were doing their best to get over their hideous loss the night before in Game 3 when they suffered a walkoff defeat thanks to an obstruction call.
It wasn't easy.
When John Farrell was asked how hard it was to sleep after a setback like that, he quickly responded: "Who slept? I didn't sleep worth a damn last night."
Farrell continued to second-guess himself for not executing a double-switch in the bottom of the eighth when he brought Brandon Workman into the game. He could have -- and probably should have -- had Workman hit seventh, while replacing Jarrod Saltalamacchia with David Ross, who would have hit ninth.
That would have precluded Workman from having to have his first at-bat in pro ball in the top of the ninth inning.
"That's the one that was missed," acknowledged Farrell. "[But what I find] unknowing is if David Ross is in that spot, or if any other position player is in that spot, is it a guarantee of a home run, which some people seem to feel is a given?"
Once he didn't double-switch, Farrell said he gave no thought to hitting for Workman.
"I was looking to get three innings combined out of Workman and Koji [Uehara]," said Farrell. "I felt like those were our two best relievers, and with [St. Louis closer Trevor] Rosenthal out of the game [if it went to extra innings], I think the advantage swung back to our side with those two guys available. That was my reasoning."
For all the talk of moves that were and weren't made, there was the lingering issue of the obstruction call which led directly to the walkoff loss.
Late Saturday night, Farrell took issue with the call. WIth the benefit of some time to reconsider, he had a different take.
"Not the call itself," he said. "The call was accurate. The Type B portion of the rule, there needs to be some area in that for intent. Because in that play [Saturday] night, there's no way Will [Middlebrooks] can get out of the way. It's more the rule that I have some issue with, not the call itself.
"They made the call as the rule suggests and calls for. But to say there can't be some intent or rule for some intent there? Will wasn't trying to hold the guy down. That's not just because we lost a World Series game based on the call. But I think if you look at it, it gives the opportunity to the baserunner to be the aggressor and take advantage of it."
Farrell said his players were also ready to move on and focus on the task at hand.
"I think as we've all had the chance to process," he said, "they made the [correct] call. It went against us."
"I think today everyone was fine," said Jon Lester. "I think, last night, that's not how you want to end a World Series game. I think some guys were probably shocked, confused -- a lot of different emotions going on. But there's nothing we can do to change it. So we have to move forward and focus on today. And if we let that affect us in the clubhouse today and during that game, then we've already been beat. We can'd do that. We need to move on and go out there and play a good baseball game tonight."