John Farrell takes booing in stride

Former Blue Jays manager and new Boston Red Sox manager John Farrell tips his cap to the crowd as...

Former Blue Jays manager and new Boston Red Sox manager John Farrell tips his cap to the crowd as he is booed off the field. (Craig Robertson/QMI Agency)

BOB ELLIOTT, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 11:45 PM ET

TORONTO - John Farrell and Jack Morris both walked to the Rogers Centre Friday afternoon.  

They took different routes.

“I talked with people on street, they were respectful, they welcomed me back to town,” Farrell told reporters outside the Boston Red Sox clubhouse before Friday’s game. 

It was Farrell’s first game managing the Red Sox at the Rogers Centre.

“I told a couple of guys I was throwing out the first pitch,” Morris said inside the Blue Jays clubhouse. “The fans asked me if I could please throw the ball at John Farrell’s head.”

Ever the diplomat, Morris, showed better control than that. The ceremonial first pitch by the new Jays broadcaster was a high St. Paul strike to Mark Buehrle.

Farrell was booed by the crowd of 45,328 when Tim Langdon announced the lineups and again when he strode 24 paces from the dugout to home plate to meet his replacement, John Gibbons, and the umpires. 



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