Papi wants to play for Farrell for the rest of his career
David Ortiz broke out of his slump during the Red Sox’s series against the White Sox in a very big way. And according to him, a lot of that had to do with manager John Farrell.
"I went into his office the other day because he wanted to make sure I was doing OK," Ortiz said, according to MLB.com. "He does that all the time. When he called me in that made me feel good. We had a little chat and I walked out of his office with a smile on my face. The next thing you know, 'Boom, Papi takes off.'”
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That type of individual consideration that Farrell gives to all of his players is just one of the things that Ortiz likes about him. Ortiz also told MLB.com that he considers Farrell the definition of a players’ manager.
"I don't think there's a guy in this room that doesn't want to play for him," Ortiz said. "The way he gets along with all of us, I would love to play for him the rest of my career.”
For the 2013 Red Sox, John Farrell has been the polar opposite of what Bobby Valentine was for the 2012 Red Sox. Most of that, as Papi said, has to do with the way he deals with players. He doesn’t call out his players in front of the press or refuse to take any accountability as Valentine often did. He deals with each player individually and professionally. Ortiz also noted that the players understand that not every decision is Farrell’s alone and that, unlike last season, they want to play their best for him.
"Those little things make a difference in our careers,” Ortiz said. “He has a good way of keeping things positive. He covers every single territory that we need to have covered. That's why there's been such a huge difference between where we were last year and where we are now. Everybody wants to bust his tail for him because he does it for us."