Who Knew? Cleveland a Cradle of Managers
Boston — The Red Sox’ John Farrell is one of five members of the 1988 Cleveland Indians who went on to become major league managers.
He was teammates with Bud Black, Terry Francona and Ron Washington. And Charlie Manuel was the hitting coach.
“Must have been something in Lake Erie,” Farrell said before Wednesday night’s World Series opener against the St. Louis Cardinals.
Farrell had a 14-10 record as a right-handed starter. Former Boston and current Cleveland manager Francona led the team with a .311 batting average but had only 212 at-bats.
For those five, baseball “is more about a life as opposed to a job,” Farrell said. “There was a real desire to continue on after playing days were over.”
Championship Support: The Boston Red Sox are trying to match the New England Patriots’ haul of three championships in this century.
And quarterback Tom Brady has a bold prediction:
“Red Sox in five,” he said Wednesday. “We’ll give (the Cardinals) one.”
Boston’s bid for a World Series title began Wednesday night against St. Louis, a matchup widely predicted to go more than five games. But in his 14 years with the Patriots, Brady has developed a strong allegiance to his baseball brethren.
So have some of his teammates.
“That’s our team,” Brady said at his weekly news conference. “I’ve been here awhile so I’ve got to see a lot of Red Sox games over the years and watched them win a few championships. You know, you don’t take these for granted because you don’t know if they will ever come again.”
The Patriots won the 2002, 2004 and 2005 Super Bowls. The Red Sox captured their first crown in 86 years in 2004 with a sweep of St. Louis.
They did it again in 2007, beating the Colorado Rockies in four straight.
Now they’re back, one year after their worst season in nearly 50 years.
“The Red Sox had a great year, and what they’ve done based on what happened last year shows everybody what fighting through adversity is about,” Brady said. “They’ve obviously got a lot of mental toughness, and it’s a great thing to see.”
Pregame Activities: Mary J. Blige belted out The Star-Spangled Banner before Game 1 as baseball honored medal of honor recipients in the pregame ceremony Wednesday night. Color guards from five branches of the armed services stood in the outfield, where a “B Strong” logo was shaved into the grass.
The Red Sox also held a moment of silence for Colleen Ritzer, a high school teacher in nearby Danvers who was killed this week.
Red Sox great and baseball Hall of Famer Carl Yastrzemski threw out the ceremonial first pitch.
Mariano Moment: Mariano Rivera will receive the Commissioner’s Historic Achievement Award before Game 2 of the World Series tonight.
The New York Yankees closer, who retired after the regular season, will be recognized on the field during pregame ceremonies.
The award last was presented in 2011 to Ken Griffey Jr.
It recognizes achievements and contributions of historical significance.
ALL iN THE FAMILY: A Molina brother is in the World Series for the fourth time in five years, with Yadier catching for the St. Louis Cardinals for the second time.
Jose made it with the New York Yankees in 2009, Bengie with the Texas Rangers in 2010, and Yadier in 2011 with St. Louis.
They have eight World Series appearances between them, third-most among brothers in baseball history.
Joe and Dom DiMaggio lead with 11, and Bob and Irish Meusel had 10.