Parked next to his ragtag bunch, the stately, 51-year-old Red Sox manager John Farrell at first glance appears to have walked onto the wrong set, strayed from his leading man’s role in some PBS documentary on the thinking man’s manager.
But as Red Sox Nation learned to its delight in 2004 — when a motley band of “Idiots’’ won Boston’s first World Series in 86 years — looks can be both deceiving and inconsequential.
“He wants to win, that’s what’s important,’’ said third baseman Will Middlebrooks. “He doesn’t care if we dye our hair purple. If that’s what’s going to bring us together — that we are going to win ballgames — then that’s what it’s about.’’
“The word, when I look at John, the word ‘professional’ just keeps coming to mind,” said pitcher Jake Peavy. “He’s a pro.” Full story for BostonGlobe.com subscribers.