John Farrell

John Farrell: 'We've got a lot of work to do ... This is not what we envisioned'

September 28, 2014 - 3:05 pm
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The long, painstaking, sometimes interminable procession to the finish line finally sputtered to its conclusion. With a 9-5 loss to the Yankees, the Red Sox wrapped up a 71-91 campaign that represents both a disappointment and embarrassment for the team that still claims the title, at least for another month, of reigning champions. The record did not fall to the same depths as 2012 (69-93), nor did the atmosphere assume the quality of a daily train wreck, but the reality of the record is hard to hide from. "We didn'€™t anticipate the final record, but you play the games to determine that and it is where we are. We'€™ve got a lot of work to do and a lot of that has already begun. When we took the field on Feb. 15, this is not what we envisioned," said manager John Farrell. "We know where our shortcomings have been this year. We have a clear to-do list. How we get to that point remains to be seen." Farrell did suggest there are elements of the roster that offer some promise going forward, and he believes that there are participants to the decision-making process who likewise offer the possibility of changing course. "With all people involved we'€™re confident we'€™ll achieve that. There'€™s a number of good things in place right now in terms of guys on this roster," said the manager. "We'€™ve got some meetings starting the second week of the offseason to put together our in-depth review of where we stand and begin to strategize how we'€™re going accomplish the objectives set out." Still, the fact that Farrell's October now includes plans for fishing on the Cape followed by meetings about how to move on from this year's struggles represents a form of finality to games that he does not relish. "That today was the final game, we knew that for a while," Farrell said. "That'€™s not something that sits well because of what our expectations are every year so it'€™s disappointing. The game of baseball has been put to bed for the time being, like I said, it'€™s not what we anticipated."

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