Finally. Some fire from John Farrell. Late in last night’s 5-2 loss to the Atlanta Braves, John Farrell was ejected in the 7th inning after he started shouting at 1st base umpire Larry Vanover, who called a non-swing on what appeared to be a check swing. Vanover, who had already blown a call earlier when he called Mookie Betts out when he should have been safe, didn’t waste any time in throwing Farrell out of the game. This brought Farrell out of the dugout. He let Vanover have an earful before taking an early shower. This was one of the rare times that Farrell broke through his calm demeanor and showed some fire, but the question is, will it have an impact?
Normally when a manager gets fired up like that, it can have a positive impact on a team, as it can fire them up as well. But this Red Sox team is so devoid of life that even a bench-clearing brawl wouldn’t break them out of their funk. In this particular case, the Red Sox were already down 5-2, and Farrell’s display of passion wouldn’t inspire a late rally.
In reality, though, this probably not meant to inspire. This was probably born out of frustration more than anything. Frustration that the Red Sox can’t seem do anything right. Frustration that the Red Sox are probably out of the playoff race midway through June. Frustration that the Sox aren’t getting more from a team with a payroll of nearly $200 million. Frustration, frustration everywhere.
Normally, I would appreciate this outburst from Farrell more. But in the context of this season, it’s hard for me to give Farrell credit here. This is just another thing that makes me want to rip my hair out at the moment. At the moment, this team is painful to watch and this is just another step back at the moment, at least in my opinion. I hope they make me eat my words, but that’s unlikely.