David Ortiz has never been shy about speaking his mind about management, whether it was grousing about his contract, his feelings about the Red Sox manager before John Farrell (who was that again?) or what talent the Sox should look to acquire.
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After Farrell's firing Wednesday, Ortiz, now working for FOX Sports' postseason baseball pregame and postgame shows, was asked about it.
“I live in Boston, and in Boston, the whole talk sometime during the year was that that was going to happen," Ortiz said. "Managing in a big market, it’s a survive-and-advance type of job, so it finally ended up happening. I played for John, and John was a good manager to me. He kept things under control in the clubhouse. But like I said, managing in a big market is hard. It’s not an easy thing to do.”
Ortiz played under Farrell from 2013-16 - helping Farrell and the Red Sox win the World Series title in '13 - and, of course, was the Sox DH when Farrell was the Boston's pitching coach from 2007-10.
The sometimes bumpy journey of the Red Sox' 2018 American League East championship banner took another twist the morning after the title it commemorates was finally clinched.
An A.L. East title banner is hanging outside Fenway, but it's not the one that became famous this week when it was returned to the team by some local residents who said they discovered it by the side of the road.
The team hung a replacement banner while the disappearance of the one returned after Louie Iacuzzi, James Amaral and Randy Baldasarri said they found it on McGrath Highway in Somerville is being investigated by the police, according to the Boston Globe. The banner discoverers apparently failed in their attempt at "reciprocation" from the Sox for its return.
More from the Globe story.
Meanwhile, Tony Lafuente, a former Somerville alderman whose company made both banners, confirmed Friday that he’s filed a report with local police regarding the bizarre disappearance of Banner No. 1. He declined to elaborate on his report, and a Somerville police spokesman couldn’t immediately be reached for comment. Lafuente said his company brought the new banner to the ballpark on Friday.
Red Sox spokeswoman Zineb Curran told the Globe that the team hung the banner early Friday morning and displayed the replacement one because they “preferred to use one that was in our possession the entire time.’’
The Red Sox locked up the 2018 American East on Thursday night with a 11-6 victory in New York. It is Boston's thrid straight division crown, something no other Red Sox team has done.
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Here's the playoff schedule for the Division Series, where Boston will most likely play the winner of the Wild Card game (currently Oakland vs New York).
Game 1: Friday, Oct. 5, at Fenway Park
Game 2: Saturday, Oct. 6, at Fenway Park
Game 3: Monday, Oct. 8, away
Game 4: Tuesday Oct. 9, away (if necessary)
Game 5: Thursday Oct. 11, at Fenway Park (if necessary)
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