The Boston Red Sox fired manager John Farrell on Wednesday, just two days after the team was eliminated from the post season by the Houston Astros. Farrell managed the Sox for five seasons (432-378, .533). He led the Red Sox to three 90+ win seasons, including a World Series title in 2013, his first season in Boston.
No one knows what it’s like to manage in Boston better than Farrell’s predecessor, Terry Francona. He managed the Red Sox for eight seasons (2004-2011), winning 90+ games six seasons, two American League East pennants and two World Series titles.
Francona was asked about the Red Sox decision to terminate Farrell last week. He used the opportunity to take a few shots at his former colleagues and Boston fans on behalf of his friend and colleague, suggesting Boston is “a little crazy.”
“I think that place can age you a little bit. I saw what it was doing to him. There’s just so much passion and so much interest that, with that comes, it can’t help but come with headaches. In New York you get lost a little bit, it’s so big. Not in Boston. There’s just a lot of interest and sometimes you go home with a headache. That’s just kind of the way it is. I mean, it’s a great baseball town. I do think, for whatever reason, that place (Boston) is a little crazy.”