Dallas Cowboys coach Jason Garrett remembers Boston Red Sox manager John Farrell could do anything on the baseball diamond as a youngster. Garrett called him the David Ortiz among the Jersey shore youth-league players.
The two grew up in Monmouth Beach in New Jersey, and played baseball against each other.
“He was a legend,” Garrett said of Farrell. “He was a little older than I was. He was better than everyone else by a long shot.”
Garrett fondly recalled Farrell’s youth-league team, the Title Waves of the Cap League. In one game, Garrett said, Farrell drew four intentional walks.
“He was incredible,” Garrett said. “And he probably hit .733 too.”
Ortiz had a .733 average in the World Series after five games, and wound up hitting .688 with two home runs and six RBIs as the Red Sox defeated the St. Louis Cardinals in six games Wednesday night. Ortiz was named the series’ MVP.
For Farrell, it capped off a remarkable first-year as the Red Sox manager. He worked with the team as an assistant coach from 2007-10, and then managed the Toronto Blue Jays in 2011-12. Farrell returned to manage the Red Sox last off-season after Bobby Valentine’s disastrous season.
“He’s a fantastic guy from a great family,” Garrett said. “I’m really happy for him.”-- Drew Davison