Friday, March 7, 2014
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Boston Red Sox manager John Farrell reflects while answering questions from the media before a spring training game in Tampa, Fla., last Wednesday.
Photos by The Associated Press
Executive Vice-President/General Manager Ben Cherington reacts last October, hours after the team announced that manager Bobby Valentine would not return in 2013.
Add them to a core of players like Lester, Pedroia and Ellsbury, and the Red Sox are hoping to contend again -- now and in the future.
"We all know that every year in Boston is pretty important," Cherington said. "We feel good and are very focused on the guys who are here."
Farrell, the man given the charge to lead these guys, doesn't believe the Red Sox were ever in shambles, despite last year's record.
"I don't know you can say a franchise lost its way," Farrell said. "Certain decisions didn't pan out. Certain players didn't embrace or meet the expectations and challenge that Boston and our fan base expect. To say the rudder fell off, I wouldn't go that far."
Regardless, whether they were lost or simply losing, the Red Sox can show that they found their way when the season begins in eight days.
"A lot has changed, but that doesn't change the overall expectation, to compete and contend," Farrell said, "with every intent to play into October and hopefully deep into October."
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Red Sox manager John Farrell, left, talks to general manager Ben Cherington after a team workout in Fort Myers, Fla. “We’ve had a good spring training,” Cherington said.