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Red Sox looking for turnaround

John Farrell says team can contend quickly, but Ben Cherington has work to do

Updated: October 24, 2012, 12:35 PM ET
By Gordon Edes | ESPNBoston.com

BOSTON -- The new manager of the Boston Red Sox surveyed the room packed with reporters, TV cameras and club officials and leaned into the microphone in the fourth-floor State Street Pavilion in Fenway Park.

"I am honored, I'm humbled and I'm pretty damn excited," he said. "Did I dream about this situation? Absolutely."

Sorry, somebody hit the rewind button by mistake. That was Bobby Valentine, not even 11 months ago. But on the day the out-of-work Valentine was preparing to ...

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