John Farrell said he would take no souvenir from the game, no token from his first win managing against the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park.
He was the Red Sox pitching coach for four years until he took the job as Blue Jays manager for this season so this was sort of a homecoming, a time to meet old friends while trying to beat them on the field.
"They're all good wins, this was a tough win, there is no doubt about it," he said after the Blue Jays won 7-6 on Friday.
When asked about it on a personal level, he said, "This isn't about me, it's about our team. I don't mean to defer the question. Yeah, this is a special place to come to. But it's even more special when you have a group of guys like that go out and play." Indeed, Fenway is an old and special place and quirky too. Adam Lind hit what looked like a three-run homer off the top of the low wall down the short right-field porch. But it was called foul after the umpires reviewed the video because it went to the right of the pole even though it went to the left of the line on the wall.
In his four years when Fenway was his home park, Farrell said he never saw a ball hit quite where this one was. "No, not in that spot," he said.
Nobody likes the idea of changing Fenway, but maybe this particular corner needs to be looked at.
"I really think that there needs to be some adjustment to that wall," Farrell said, "because when you look at it, there are three different yellow stripes. There is one below the pad, on the pad, and the pole itself. It's very misleading, I don't know how the umpires can honestly get it correct given all that's there. I would think that it would be adjusted because it opens up for a lot of discussion."
At least it did not affect the outcome, even though it cost Lind three RBIs.
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