David Ortiz

David Ortiz on Red Sox manager John Farrell being diagnosed with lymphoma: 'We're going to ride through this with him'

John Tomase
August 14, 2015 - 1:18 pm
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John Farrell has had the backs of 25 guys in the Red Sox clubhouse for three years, including this trying season. David Ortiz believes it's now time to return the favor. Ortiz said on Friday the clubhouse was in shock with the news that Farrell has been diagnosed with stage 1 lymphoma. And he also vowed the players' support. "I've been around John for a long time," Ortiz said. "He first was a pitching coach, and the past couple of years he's been our manager. John is an incredible human being. In our situation, you've got 25 men in the room, and he's got to put up with each one of us, every situation. I think it's time for us to give him back that support and that much love that he gives to all of us. We're going to ride through this with him. We're going to always ask God for a blessing, you know, and make sure he comes through this in the best way possible." As Farrell noted, Ortiz believes his manager got extremely lucky. Had he not undergone surgery to repair a hernia in Detroit earlier this week, doctors wouldn't have found the cancer. "In his case, one out of a million times, the cancer that he has, it gives you no sickness until it's pretty much all over the place, from what I heard," Ortiz said. "He got very, very lucky that he went to get that hernia taken care of and all of a sudden they find out about this. "It's not the news you want to hear about, but when it comes down to what it was and the way they found out, I think we should all be happy about it, because now he knows. Otherwise, if he doesn't get that surgery, then the news would've been different. Like he said, he had no symptoms. There's no way he can tell about that cancer without having that surgery. It seems to me like pretty much everything worked for the best in this case, and hopefully he gets through it. Like I said, we're going to give him all the support like he gives to us, always." Ortiz said he heard the news from a crying Hanley Ramirez, who came to him in the training room. "Pretty much all of us were in shock," Ortiz said. "When they mention the word cancer, it's something that doesn't matter what it comes from, it's going to impact you. We're going to give John the support that we can give him so he can get through this and be back next year, back to normal. "Hopefully everything goes well for him. We've got a big family around here and definitely when it comes down to health issues, you want to make sure that everything goes OK. The organization has taken a lot of responsibility on that, to make sure that John gets through it, the way it's supposed to be."