Farrell's pregame thoughts, part 3

October, 27, 2013
10/27/13
6:33
PM ET
ST. LOUIS -- Here are the final observations made by Red Sox manager John Farrell in his pregame session with beat reporters:

• Whether Farrell wishes [Jarrod] Saltalamacchia had not made the throw to third in the ninth inning of Game 3:

“I think in the moment there, you feel like you can record an out and the presence of mind in both situations, in Games 2 (the wild throw by Craig Breslow) and Game 3. Hindsight is 20-20, as we all know, in a lot of different ways. With a strikeout pitcher [Koji Uehara] on the mound, we had a chance to end the inning right there. He was trying to do what he could, trying to be aggressive, trying to shut down -- knowing the runner [Craig] is less than [100 percent], and maybe we forced it a little bit.’’

• Second-day thoughts on the obstruction call:

“Not the call itself. The call was accurate. The Type B portion of the rule, there needs to have some area in that for intent. Because that play last night, there’s no way Will [Middlebrooks] can get out of the way.

“So it’s more the rule that I have some issue with. Not the call itself. They made the call as the rule suggests and calls for. But to say that there can’t be some room for intent there? Will wasn’t trying to hold the guy down. Not just because we lost a World Series game based on that call, but if you look at it, it gives the opportunity for the base runner to be the aggressor and take advantage of it.’’

• Would it give the umpire too much latitude, if the rule stipulates there must be intent?

“At that point, then it becomes a judgment call instead of an interpretation of the rule call. You’d like to think in situations like this where a guy falls down going for a ball, he’s not trying to hold the runner down.’’

• Whether he thought Sox players felt any better about the accuracy of the call?

“Yeah, I think as we’ve all had a chance to process it, yeah, they made the call. Unfortunately it went against us.’’

• On how he slept:

“I didn’t sleep worth a damn last night.’’

• At all?

“I did. Until they struck up the band at 7 a.m. on the square this morning.’’ There was a marathon in downtown St. Louis.

• Whether the Sox might find extra motivation from feeling “cheated” by a call?

“Once that first pitch is thrown tonight, we’re all about what we have to do inside the game. We can stew on it, but I’m sure a number of guys have already put it behind them. We can’t go back. And I think that’s been one of the great components of the leadership of this team, is recognizing what has happened. OK, shut it off, compartmentalize it, move on.

“It’s a unique call, a unique set of circumstances. We’re doing what we can to block a throw, record an out, and it worked against us. But I don’t see that as a distraction or a motivation that takes us beyond the way we played the game.’’

• On the characterization of Clay Buchholz as being fragile mentally.

“I think Clay is dealing with things individual to him. He’s done everything within his abilities as well as our training staff to get him on the mound tonight. He knows the significance of the game. He knows the significance of going out and performing to the best of his abilities tonight. As we’ve said all along through his three months down, there’s no one who has been more frustrated than him. And he’s a done a good job of not succumbing maybe some of the thoughts or perceptions that are out there.

“Clay doesn’t buy into that. Obviously the way he responds to questions, he’s got nothing to hide and he’s a player, he’s a pitcher, he’s a competitor, this is him. He’s not going to hide anything. He’s going to go out the best he can.’’

• Was there a point where he wasn’t going to make the start?

“We had to stay open-minded to it, but as we got 48 hours from his last start, it was pretty clear he was going to make it.’’ Was there a point where he wasn’t going to make the start?

“We had to stay open-minded to it, but as we got 48 hours from his last start, it was pretty clear he was going to make it.’’ Was there a point where he wasn’t going to make the start?

“We had to stay open-minded to it, but as we got 48 hours from his last start, it was pretty clear he was going to make it.’’

Gordon Edes

Red Sox reporter, ESPNBoston.com

SPONSORED HEADLINES

Comments

Use a Facebook account to add a comment, subject to Facebook's Terms of Service and Privacy Policy. Your Facebook name, photo & other personal information you make public on Facebook will appear with your comment, and may be used on ESPN's media platforms. Learn more.