By Danny Picard
BOSTON — John Farrell had to go.
And even though Red Sox president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski didn’t want to get into specifics during his press conference, we all know the dirty details.
It was announced on Wednesday morning that Farrell would not be returning as manager in 2018, the final year of his contract.
So, in other words, Farrell was fired.
It came just two days after losing to the Houston Astros in four games of the ALDS. He’ll most likely never forget his final game in Boston, as it was spent relaying in-game decisions from the clubhouse to the dugout.
Farrell was ejected during the second inning of Game 4 on Monday. He had no choice. After Dustin Pedroia got caught looking at strike three with bases loaded, the disgruntled and struggling second baseman was letting the home-plate umpire hear about it.
At that point, it was either Pedroia or Farrell. One of them was getting tossed. So Farrell did what any manager would do. He jumped in and took the bullet.
He took another one on Wednesday morning. Only, this was a gunfight that probably could have been prevented.