Farrell: World Series more important than manager award

Farrell: World Series more important than manager award
November 12, 2013, 8:45 pm
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2013 World Series champion and now runner-up AL Manager of the Year John Farrell joined CSNNE's Bob Neumeier shortly after the news was announced that Terry Francona beat out Farrell for the award on Tuesday.

While Farrell undoubtedly would have liked to win the award, just being one of the finalists was good enough for him. Winning the World Series also takes the sting out of it a bit, too.

"Honestly Bob, I got to tell you I'm just humbled just to be included in the names of Bob Melvin and Tito," Farrell said. "Both had great years. We had a great year. I'm still fresh off a World Series win, and that's what's most important to us. A combined team effort. And I think the one guy with our guys - and I share the same thought about this, and I'm not dodging the question by any means - we shared something that all this team, whether it's Ben and everyone in the front office to the owners, we shared in something extremely special. So individual awards at this point, you know what, are best suited for Tito right now."

While Farrell should absolutely be commended for the managerial job he did this season, he admits that having proven veterans and established leaders on the team certainly helps him out.

"There's no question Bob that when your players that perform your best are your leaders, and that's David Ortiz, that's Dustin Pedroia, those two guys make my job so much easier," Farrell said. "They link back to the success of 2004 and 2007. The way they set the tone with their work. Pedey sets the speed of our practice work whether it's the first day of spring training or every day at 3:30 in the afternoon when he's out there taking ground balls. So when your best players are your leaders everyone falls in line. They set the tone, and those two guys did it better than anyone."

Now having won the World Series, expectations will be a heck of a lot different going into the upcoming season than they were last season. But Farrell isn't worried about it.

"I don't think that external expectations that whether public or through the media are any greater than our own. That's more of a product of what we've been as former players. You look upon yourself as being your greatest motivator."

Farrell and Francona go way back as friends - teammates and then part of the same staff with the Red Sox. Farrell said it's gratifying that Tito is the one who won the award if he didn't.

"It is. I've got a lot to be thankful for Tito and the opportunity to first come to Boston as a pitching coach for him. We shared a moment earlier today and we were talking. Who would have thought back in 1988 back when we were on the same team back in Cleveland that we'd be going up for this award here tonight? But I wish him all the best. He had a great year. He's done one heck of a job whether it's in Boston or now in Clevelend. So, well deserved."