Farrell highlights Dempster's 'accountability'

Farrell highlights Dempster's 'accountability'
February 16, 2014, 11:00 pm
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John Farrell joined The Baseball Show on Sunday night, and the big news of the day was Ryan Dempster announcing that he will not play in 2014.

Dempster signed a two-year, $26.5 million deal with the Sox last offseason, and will now forego the remaining money on that deal.

But what the Sox lose on the mound pales in comparison to what they will lose in the clubhouse.

"He's going to be a loss," Farrell said. "He gave us everything on the mound last year that we anticipated. He's the consummate teammate, great in the clubhouse, and I know a number of guys looked up to him."

Dempster set a great example for his teammates, especially the younger ones.

"I think the biggest thing was his accountability. He provided a leadership role with his example - the way he went out and worked." Farrell said. "So many people will remember the things he said and the way he said them. One of the funniest guys we'll ever come across, that's well documented. But just the way he stood up when things didn't go well. The way he answered to the media and to the fans of Boston, and I think that professionalism and the way he conducted himself, that will resonate with our guys going forward."

Check out the full video, as Farrell went on to talk about the pitching rotation and its strengths even with Dempster gone.