Opinion: Red Sox appear to be humbled

John Farrell is returning to Boston, this time as manager of the storied franchise.

Since the conclusion of their worst season in nearly 50 years on Oct. 3, the Red Sox have done everything right.

The decision to fire Bobby Valentine came quick and without much drama. The decision to hire John Farrell and trade away Mike Aviles this past weekend came quick and without much drama. It certainly appears that Red Sox management has finally been humbled.

There was still plenty of doubt that that might not be the case even after the team lost 93 games after those six long months. Management continued to insult the intelligence of its fanbase throughout the 2012 season with goofy letters to season ticket holders (guess the ‘friendly Mike Aviles’ wasn’t the next coming of Barry Larkin at short after all) and the much-maligned Fenway sell-out streak.

News of Farrell’s hiring came out late on a Saturday night. In the past, you can bet that the formerly PR obsessed folks on Yawkey Way would have made sure to make the news of a new manager public on a Monday morning, mid-week or even during a Patriots game to bump them off the front page of the sports section.

However, for the time being it seems that Larry Lucchino and Ben Cherington are putting the typical Red Sox fanfare stuff on the shelf. Sure, there remains the chance that Farrell will enter Fenway Park Monday afternoon on a zipline that extends from the Prudential Building to Pesky’s Pole. From a group that uses bricks as a source of income, anything is possible.

But give the Red Sox props today. It appears that baseball and baseball only is the only thing that matters this October. We haven’t seen smear campaigns, long-drawn out managerial searches and the marketing of ‘Schooled’ on NESN seems to be scaled back a bit this October.

Following 365 days of hitting rock bottom every other week, the Red Sox are beginning the long climb back to relevancy. Quietly, but surely.



News
Entertainment
Sports
Lifestyle
Local

Brooklyn man charged in roommate's stabbing death

A Brooklyn man accused of violently stabbing his roommate to death on Monday is in police custody and faces murder charges.

International

Dinosaurs could have survived asteroid strike

It turns out there is a good and a bad time for the planet to be hit by a meteor, and dinosaurs were just unlucky.…

National

OkCupid admits to Facebook-style experimenting on customers

By Sarah McBrideSAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - OkCupid, a top U.S. matchmaking website, intentionally mismatched users to test its technology, the IAC/InterActive Corp service said on…

Local

MTA fares still increasing 4 percent in newly…

The agency said the 4 percent increases, previously announced in December, will remain steady even as the MTA deals with increasing labor costs.

Movies

Interview: Brendan Gleeson on the way 'Calvary' depicts…

Brendan Gleeson talks about how his new film "Calvary" began over drinks and how his character here is the opposite of the lead in "The Guard."

Movies

'Get on Up' producer Mick Jagger on the…

Mick Jagger, a producer on the James Brown biopic "Get on Up," talks about the time had to tell the singer some bad news and his favorite JB record.

Television

'Glee' star Lea Michele to appear on 'Sons…

"Glee" star Lea Michele has been confirmed as a guest star in the final season of "Sons of Anarchy."

Television

TV watch list, Monday, July 28: 'The Bachelorette'…

See Andi Dorfman make her big choice on tonight's 'Bachelorette' finale.

MLB

Angelo Cataldi: Ryan Howard deserves better from Phillies

Just last week, Ryan Howard endured the embarrassment of a benching that was inevitable, and yet still shocking.

NFL

Larry Donnell has inside track in Giants tight…

Little-known Larry Donnell of Grambling State currently has the inside track, as the second-year player has received the bulk of the first-team reps.

NFL

Computer to Jets: Start Michael Vick over Geno…

Jets general manager John Idzik says the choice of who starts between second-year quarterback Geno Smith and veteran Michael Vick will be a “Jets decision.”

MLB

Yankees looking to trade for Josh Willingham: Report

CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman reported Sunday the Yankees are interested in Twins outfielder Josh Willingham.

Travel

Glasgow: Hey, hey, the gangs aren't here

This European city has done a good job getting rid of its more violent residents and revitalizing with artists.

Education

Babson College tops list of best colleges for…

Money magazine has just released its inaugural list of "The Best Colleges for Your Money" -- and the answers have surprised many. Babson College, which…

Education

NYC teens learn how to develop apps during…

Through a program sponsored by CampInteractive, the high schoolers designed their own community-focused apps.

Tech

The Ministry of Silly Walks app is both…

Monty Python have dug into their back catalogue for cash-ins once more, but with the Ministry of Silly Walks app, they've made something that's fun too.