Red Sox manager restored winning attitude

Boston Red Sox manager John Farrell prepares in the dugout before facing the Toronto Blue Jays in...

Boston Red Sox manager John Farrell prepares in the dugout before facing the Toronto Blue Jays in their MLB American League East baseball game in Boston, Massachusetts, September 22, 2013. (REUTERS/Dominick Reuter)

Ken Fidlin, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 8:07 PM ET

BOSTON - Of all the things that he does well, John Farrell can command a room best of all. He can orate with the best of them and, on a certain day early in February in Fort Myers, he must have been really on his game.

Ask a Red Sox player — any Red Sox player — when they knew this season might be special and he will tell you “on the first day of spring training. We had this meeting ...”

We can only guess at the specific points Farrell addressed when his team assembled for the first time, but the themes included “Stay focused on today,” “Leave yesterday behind,” “Play for each other,” and “Put the work in.”

Oh, and one more thing: “No more drama.”

“There was a very candid and pointed conversation to restore the expectation, and that is winning,” Farrell told reporters.

“In my mind, and in Ben (Cherington’s) mind, winning is associated with the Boston Red Sox. The deeper question was how are we going to do it.


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