Wednesday October 24, 2012 | 05:29 AM

John Farrell is the new Boston Red Sox manager (see The Story in today's Press Herald), and that seems to be good news for so-called Red Sox Nation.

In his press conference, John Farrell thanked his previous team, the Toronto Blue Jays, for the "invaluable experience" of managing them. It "allowed me to be that much more prepared here today than maybe was the case two years ago."

Sounds like it was an internship.

No wonder Blue Jays Nation (they don't really call it that, do they?) is not thrilled. The most pointed questions in Farrell's press conference came from Toronto reporters asking him about breaking his contract.

According to Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun, the team actually didn't think much of Farrell as a manager, but the way he bolted for Boston makes Toronto feel "as little more than a farm team for the large market Red Sox."

Well, it won't take long for Blue Jays fans to let Farrell know how they feel. Boston begins its 2013 season on the road, first in New York, then Toronto April 5-7.


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