This past Friday, Red Sox manager John Farrell revealed he was diagnosed with Stage 1 Lymphoma, which sent the Red Sox organization into a state of shock. John Farrell told NESN that the doctors found the cancer during a hernia surgery, but he remains optimistic about the situation. According to NESN, it was found on Monday, and was deemed “highly curable,” which is great news for Farrell.
Whatever our complaints might have been about his managerial style, and I’m sure there were many, they have to be put aside for the time being. Farrell might have been struggling to get a hold on this team for the past season and a half, but one of the things you could say to his credit is that he is a genuinely nice guy.
The Red Sox promptly dropped 45 runs in their 3-game series against the Seattle Mariners after the news about their manager came out. They exploded for 15 in the first game, 22 in the second, then another 8 in a losing effort in an outburst that came out of nowhere. I just hope that this is a sign of things to come, as they try to finish this season strong for their manager.
As if this season wasn’t tough enough with the team’s struggles on the field, they’ll be without their manager for the forseeable future. Tory Lovullo will manage the team in the meantime, but the thoughts and prayers of Red Sox Nation—and the rest of baseball—are with John Farrell and his family as they try and pull through this. After the news came out, there was an outpouring of support from not only Red Sox Nation, but other clubs, players and managers around baseball. The Yankees organization and Blue Jays pitcher David Price, among others, tweeted out messages of support , while Bud Black described it as a “punch in the gut” according to Bleacher Report.
Get well soon, John.