Oct 30, 2013; Boston, MA, USA; Boston Red Sox manager John Farrell (right) is interviewed by FOX reporter Erin Andrews after game six of the MLB baseball World Series against the St. Louis Cardinals at Fenway Park. The Red Sox won 6-1 to win the series four games to two. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports

A (Non)Congratulations Card From Blue Jays Fans to John Farrell

And with a swinging and a miss by Matt Carpenter, the 2013 World Series Championship will reside with the Boston Red Sox for the next year. On behalf of the Jays Journal staff and all Toronto Blue Jays fans everywhere, we’d like to heartily congratulate manager John Farrell and the Boston Red Sox on their tremendous victory.


I can’t help but imagine that Blue Jays fans a bit bitter this morning after watching former manager John Farrell lead the Boston Red Sox to the World Series. It makes it even tougher to swallow knowing that 2013 was supposed to be the year of the Blue Jays, and we were going to do it after Farrell got traded to Boston and took Brian Butterfield with him. What would have happened had he not traded the company of Jose Bautista, Edwin Encarnacion, R.A. Dickey, et al for David Ortiz, Dustin Pedroia, and Johnny Gomes.

Now, some of us, like Minor Leaguer at Bluebird Banter, may find closure, there are plenty of us who will wonder what could have been had he stayed. Was Farrell different than the manager Omar Vizquel painted him to be? And there will even be some of us, you know who you are, who will drudge up the name of Mike Napoli again.

Needless to say, we have our fair share of sour grapes to swallow, but there is at least one good thing coming out of a Red Sox victory; the end. The end of the season is finally here and we can all look forward to an offseason that (hopefully) promises a fresh start.

But before we can get there, we need to bury those sour grapes and put the past behind us. We need to either congratulate Farrell for his achievement with the Red Sox or we need to get one last dig in on him. Starting tomorrow, John Farrell exists only as a passing memory and a general in the opposing dugout.

With that in mind, I want to encourage our readers to signing our (Non)Congratulations card by commenting below, letting us know how you want to close things out with John Farrell. We only ask that you keep the language to a minimum, as children may be present.

We all have one last thing to get off our chests, why not do it here?

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  • http://jaysjournal.com/ Michael Wray

    I’m really trying my best not to be bitter here so all I will say is way to go Farrell, you proved a team can still win the World Series despite countless strategic throughout the year from its manager.

    • Justin Jay

      Hit the nail on the head Mike. He did the same exact questionable things in Boston. He was better for the Red Sox, but not much. Definitely an improvement over Bobby V though.

  • Shariq M

    I guess this really goes to show how much can be achieved when your heart’s into it – like Farrell’s was for Boston. This reinforces this one belief that I have that no one on the Blue Jays plays with passion for the team. Until that culture is fixed, all ‘big name’ players cannot collectively accomplish anything – at least not for the Blue Jays under John Gibbons who clearly doesn’t inspire anything positive in his team.

    • revolu888

      Actually it was a roster that has no weaknesses, excellent health, multiple up years from their starting players and extremely timely hits were the reason they won the world series. But yeah go ahead, make passion = winning. Whatever reinforces your beliefs about the Jays.

  • Justin Jay

    I love the comments. Actually, it was a roster with some serious question marks, especially when Buchholz went down back in May. Middlebrooks only seem to hit against Toronto. 3B was a constant issue. Victorino and Ellsbury both missed a decent amount of time, allowing guys like Daniel Nava and Johnny Gomes to step up. The closer position, which had guys like Andrew Bailey and Joel Hanrahan, couldn’t get the job done and they both were lost for the season. Saltalamacchia was ALMOST as inconsistent as JPA and his back-up, David Ross, missed a lot of time. So they had guys that weren’t ready to play, like Brock Holt, Ryan Lavarnway, and Steven Wright filling in. It wasn’t all roses either. Depth was the major question, but the Red Sox STILL kept winning.

    As far as Farrell goes, he received a better team. Sorry, but they are. They’re a close-knit unit and were made that way by GM Ben Cherrington adding “clubhouse” guys… something that Anthopoulos doesn’t seem to understand. The greatest thing Farrell provided for the Red Sox this season was stability after having to deal with the train wreck that is Bobby V (imagine what he’s thinking right now!) You could see the stability during the week the Jays played the Athletics and Red Sox players watched them on their off day (Buck and Tabler only gushed about them 20-30 times.) That didn’t EVER happen in 2012.

    Farrell wasn’t without fault. Game 3 is a classic example of the “WTF?!?” circumstances. This kind of stuff was questioned all year by WEEI’s Mike Salk and a few other Boston media members. Aside from the way Game 3 ended and the Salty’s ill-advised throw to 3rd (remind you of somebody fellow Jays fans?), the big questions around Boston were “Why would you take your best defensive SS in Stephen Drew, out of the game near the end of the game? Why would you move a rookie (Xander Bogaerts) into that position? Why did you bring in Middlebrooks to 3rd, when he’s a defensive liability and not exactly hitting the cover off the ball? If you wanted offense, wouldn’t you start him at the beginning of the game?” He did the same dumb shit in Boston that he did in Toronto. He just had a better team, with better pitchers, better chemistry, and guys that bought in.

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  • Jeff Berg

    get over it guys and move on.