Dustin Pedroia

Dustin Pedroia on John Farrell: 'When he starts out by telling us that, your heart just stops'

Ryan Hannable
August 14, 2015 - 1:23 pm
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Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia joined David Ortiz as the players present when John Farrell announced he has stage one lymphoma prior to the game Friday. He described what it was like when Farrell told the team of what he's going through. "It's obviously, a lot of the guys were shocked, upset," Farrell said. "I mean, it's our manager, the leader of our team. We're family. We're together so much. When he starts out by telling us that, your heart just stops. Obviously anybody in that room would do anything for John. We know he's going to get through this, and we'll all get through it together and do anything we can to help him out. Farrell has been Pedroia's manager for the last three years and Pedroia was on the club when Farrell was pitching coach from 2007-10. "Yeah, the everyday grind of our game, you kind of have tunnel vision when it's going on," Pedroia said. "When the most important guy says something like that, it definitely takes away everything you're thinking about and you focus on just him and getting better. That'€™s the one thing that guys were sitting around, we sat around there right after the meeting, just sitting there. You just care. "We all care about each other. The voice of your team, the leader of your team says that, it hits you. We've got to get him better." Bench coach Torey Lovullo will take over as manager the rest of the season and Pedroia has confidence he will carry over Farrell's leadership qualities. "We love Torey. Same thing," he said. "I think our organization does a great job of building, not just a coaching staff or people around us, but a family. Torey's going to send the same message that John does, and that goes on down the line. It's a chain of command. It's one voice. I know wins and losses are not where we want to be, but that'€™s why this organization going forward is going to be back on top. We believe in each other and we send the right message from the top to the bottom." Pedroia discussed how Farrell is more than just a manager as he cares about his players off the field as well. He along with the rest of the players believe their manager will be able to fight off the disease. "We love John," he said. "We go through a lot together every day. He's in it with us '€” the ups and downs, the everything. He's a guy that, he just doesn'€™t deal with what's going on in the field. He cares about your family, he cares about your kids, things going on at home. He's managing 25 guys' lives, not just baseball. He's a pretty important part to each and every one of us' everything. "We need him to get better, and he will."

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