Torey Lovullo

Torey Lovullo sums up Red Sox' recent events: 'It's been an awkward week to say the least'

Ryan Hannable
August 18, 2015 - 8:20 pm

Red Sox interim manager Torey Lovullo put it best when speaking following Tuesday's game after it was announced the team has hired Dave Dombrowski as president of baseball operations and general manager Ben Cherington will not stick around. "It's been an awkward week to say the least starting with John [Farrell's] news -- we just got through that, we're moving forward from that and then today's news," Lovullo said. Farrell announced he has stage 1 lymphoma Friday and that Lovullo would take over as interim manager, as he began chemotherapy Tuesday. After the team had a few days to digest that news, it learned their general manager wouldn't be returning and a new president of baseball operations and subsequent new general manager would be brought in. New club president Sam Kennedy spoke to the team and coaching staff following the game to deliver the news. Right after, Lovullo walked up the stairs for his usual postgame press conference, although this one much different than his other three as interim manager. "You know, this all all such fresh news to me," he started when first asked of the announced moves. "I basically just found out exactly what happened a short time ago. At this point I really don't know any of the details. I don't know what happened. I don't know what's going on, what the process is. "I will say that my personal relationship with Ben Cherington was very special. He was a great leader, a great man and we're sorry to see him moving in a different direction." Following Kennedy addressing the team, Lovullo as interim manager did the same, as he wanted to let them know what he expects for the rest of the season with the team still having 43 games left to play. "It's been tough, but what I said to the team a few minutes ago is that despite this news and despite these tough circumstances, we have to out there and represent the Boston Red Sox to the best of our abilities," Lovullo said. "We have to go out there and compete every night and we have to win baseball games. Those are my expectations. "I also mentioned to them they are going to be evaluated and we're moving forward the exact same way. I just asked that they separate all this turmoil that is surrounding them right now and set up their sights for seven o'clock each night because we have a lot of good work to do the remainder of this year."