MLB Betting Report on Red Sox Manager Battling Lymphoma

Posted by Alex Murphy on August 20, 2015 in

While the Boston Red Sox have had their struggles thus far in the 2015 sports betting campaign, all of that took a back seat when their manager, John Farrell, announced that he has lymphoma. Yesterday, when Farrell started his first chemotherapy treatment, one of his best friends in the game, Cleveland Indians manager Terry Francona, was there to take Farrell in for that first treatment.

Closer Look at the MLB Betting Report on Red Sox Manager Battling Lymphoma

Farrell has stepped away from the Red Sox for the rest of the season, announcing that he would not manage while he starts his treatment. His first regimen includes three 21-day chemotherapy cycles at Massachusetts General Hospital under the care of Red Sox medical director Dr. Larry Ronan. Each cycle involves five days of chemotherapy followed by a recovery period.

Francona happened to be in Boston as the Indians were in town to take on Boston for a three-game set, and Farrell was in the Boston clubhouse before the game. Francona was in there talking to Farrell, and he offered to go with him. According to ESPN, Francona told Farrell “I’m right there. I’ll go with you, whatever. I might not do anything other than get in the way, like normal, but being a friend, the only thing I know how to do is be a friend. Like the rest of us, we don’t know exactly what to do, but I do know how to be a friend.”

Francona and Farrell were teammates on the 1988 Cleveland Indians, who came in sixth in the American League East that year. Farrell was a starting pitcher for the team and won 14 games. Francona was a designated hitter, and according to him, that team resembled the Indians team made famous in the movie “Major League.” The Indians in 1998 had five future managers on the roster, but none of them likely foresaw that in their future at the time.

Terry Francona and Farrell would work in the Indians’ front office later on, and when Francona got the managing job in Boston, he brought in Farrell as his pitching coach in 2007, where he would stay for four seasons. Farrell went in for hernia surgery on August 10, and at that time the doctors found his lymphoma. For now, the concerns of the Red Sox have much less to do with what’s happening on the field and instead on what is happening with their skipper in the hospital.