John Farrell

John Farrell holds team meeting: 'No one has given up on the team or the season in this clubhouse'

Ryan Hannable
June 15, 2015 - 2:02 pm

This was a different John Farrell. The usual calm, laid-back manager wasn't his usual self Monday afternoon at Fenway Park. His pregame press conference lasted almost 15 minutes with questions about anything and everything. The third-year manager was very matter in fact with his responses. The obvious focus was the state of the team, being 10 games under .500 and eight games out in the AL East. The manager was asked point blank if it's hard to believe how poorly the team is playing with the roster they have. "Yes. In a word, yes," Farrell said. "Now we recognize there's been some things that might be uncharacteristic that happen inside of a game or occurrences, but that's not to be the sole reason why we stand 10 games under .500. Across the board we need to do better." Farrell held another team meeting prior to the game Monday where the general message was to focus on things inside the clubhouse and inside the team, as opposed to what the outside is saying. "Whatever the outside source is, if there's an outside distraction that is trying to penetrate, but this is a game that you learn to deflect negativity," he said. "The game itself is based on negatively. What matters most is that we rely on one another. We're in a situation that we've dug ourselves a hole, let's be quite honest. And what we do and rally and support one another and go out and play the game assertively, anticipate situations as they unfold on the field, have one another's back, those are the things that we preach continuously. That's all that we can concern ourselves with." He added: "What has been brought forth to our team has not centered around media. We have opponents, and sometimes that opponent is ourselves. And what we need to do is continue to focus and become protective of one another and at the same time go out and play better baseball." Even with everything that has taken place and the team having the worst run differential in the American League at minus-60, the team still believes they can turn it around. "No one is giving up here. No one has given up on the team or the season in this clubhouse,"€ Farrell said, stressing this clubhouse. '€œThat'€™€™s the strong belief that exists there. To say that this will automatically turn, no one is giving into that either. We have to go out and continue to work relentlessly and execute in that fashion." The third year manager was also asked about his thoughts on some calling for his firing. Farrell said he doesn't pay attention to what is said, but knows it comes with the territory of managing in a city like Boston. "I don't know that I pay much attention to what's written or talked about," Farrell said. "I know it's all part of every major sports city. I also recognize that this is a bottom-line game. You work in that environment and yet it doesn't affect the way I deal with players individually, the way I deal with our team. No one likes where we are. So that comes with the territory." Farrell said the turn around needs to begin within games with basic things, such as moving runners over, making productive outs, not making mental errors in the field, making a big pitch when needed, etc. "To me it's what we talk about as a group constantly. The game is going to tell us what needs to be done inside the game. And that is to execute," he said. "Whether that's moving runners, whether that's making a pitch, whether that's a pitcher picking up a defender if a play has not been made. I appreciate what David [Ortiz] said, but I'm in it with them. And no one is pointing the finger at one side or the other, we collectively need to do better." He continued: "If you're singling out situations yesterday, there was an aggressive call-off by Alejandro [De Aza]. We can live with aggressiveness. But if it's lapses of concentration or it's a lapse of anticipating a certain play, those are the ones that are probably more disappointing. So if you're focusing on getting doubled off on a line drive, you're schooled to fight back to avoid that. It's talked about, it's rehearsed, we always talk about game situations whether it relates to a style of a team in which we're playing, or something we've recently gone through. So it goes back to, like I said, anticipating plays as they're happening or prior to them happening."