February 25, 2013
John Farrell's departure from Blue Jays still seems so wrong
By STEVE SIMMONS, QMI Agency

Red Sox manager John Farrell during spring training in Fort Myers, Fla., Feb. 16, 2013. (STEVE NESIUS/Reuters)

DUNEDIN - John Farrell is trying to rewrite history — or maybe just ignore it.

But he was hardly a willing participant Monday in the storyline that involved himself in the role Blue Jays manager who pushed his way out of Toronto, returning for the first time against his former team.

The game itself, like most spring training games, was little more than an exercise (the Jays lost 4-2). The return of Farrell, though, was, at the most, symbolic — and, at the least, the appetizer before the main course is served in April when the Red Sox come to Rogers Centre.

But he wanted little to do with any kind of attention or controversy. When I asked him in a media scrum if he still would have wanted out had he known back in September that the Jays were about to pick up Jose Reyes, the rest of the Marlins, R.A. Dickey and Melky Cabrera, his answer was surprising and only partially true.

“I think, if memory serves me correct, I was traded,” said Farrell.



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