Terry Francona Is Going with Pal John Farrell to His First Chemo Treatment
Terry Francona has been friends with John Farrell since the two were teammates on a 78-84 Cleveland Indians team in 1988. In fact, Farrell probably would not be the current manager of the Boston Red Sox if Terry Francona wasn’t the previous manager of the Boston Red Sox.
Farrell served as the director of player development for the Indians from 2001 to 2006. However, in 2006 his old friend Terry Francona called him up and asked if he’d like to be his pitching coach in Boston. The organization then came to like Farrell so much that they wound up poaching him from the Toronto Blue Jays in 2012 when their one-year experiment with Bobby Valentine didn’t work out.
Was it a little awkward that Farrell got his dream job only because Francona got fired from his? Maybe at first. But it’s clear now that Francona does not hold any grudges.
On Friday, John Farrell announced that he’d be leaving the team for the remainder of the 2015 season to seek treatment for stage 1 lymphoma. On Monday, with his Indians in town to play the Red Sox, Terry Francona told reporters that he’d be going with Farrell to his first chemo session.
“We were just talking. I was just asking questions, the normal questions. He mentioned he was starting Tuesday. I said, ‘I’m right there. I’ll go with you, whatever.’ I may not do anything other than get in the way, like normal, but being a friend, the only thing I know how to do is be a friend. Like the rest of us, we don’t know exactly what to do, but I do know how to be a friend. I care about him a lot. That’s what I’m trying to do.”
Awwwwe. Cue the Randy Newman…
Hat Tip – [ESPN]