The Red Sox will pay tribute to Mariano Rivera, one of their most respected opponents, before the game tonight.
Every team that has hosted the Yankees this season has feted Rivera in some way. Beyond accomplishments that will make him a first-ballot Hall of Famer, Rivera commands respects from everybody involved in the game.
“I think it’s deservedly so the tribute that will be paid to him here before the game.,” Farrell said. “If you’re the fan of the game, just a remarkable career and has set the standard for all of those who occupy the closers role.”
As a former pitcher and a pitching coach, Farrell spoke about what makes Rivera so effective on the mound.
“To me, he sets the bar in terms of consistency. I think it’s directly related to how great of an athlete he is. You watch video from 15, 18 years ago and it’s the same delivery he’ll use tonight if he gets to the mound. He’s a great athlete,” Farrell said.
“He’s kept himself in such great shape. Because of physically being consistent, it’s allowed him to be that way from a delivery standpoint. Along the way he’s had to make many, many sacrifices and many, many decision and what he’s done is not by accident. He’s a great player who has remained focused and committed to his profession.”
Farrell also admires how Rivera conducts himself.
“He’s a role model and I mean that in the greatest sense that I can say. Everyone should look up to him the way he lives his life,” the Red Sox manager said.
• The Rays lost at Minnesota. The magic number is 5 for the division.
• Will Middlebrooks is out tonight with the flu. He also might have a touch of being 0-for-17.
• Shane Victorino is just getting a day off. “We’ve got a number of guys who are dealing with some minor things that they’re banged up with. Tomorrow being an off day, we may take a look at some things Tuesday and beyond to get some guys off their feet,” Farrell said.
• No real update was given on Jacoby Ellsbury beyond that he did some exercises. This marks the 10th consecutive day he has not been made available to the media.
• Farrell said the Sox will call up a couple of players from Triple A Pawtucket on Tuesday. The Paw Sox had their season end on Saturday with a loss in the International League finals against Durham.
• The Sox will run a developmental program for some pitching prospects during the remainder of the homestand. The players will not be added to the roster or work out with the team but will be exposed to other forms of development. That could involve game-planning, video work, etc.
The Sox did not say who the players are, but Matt Barnes and Anthony Ranaudo are good guesses. The Yankees, Indians and other teams have had programs like this previously. It’s a way to get prospects in the big league environment without making a roster move.
• LHP Matt Thornton turned 37 today.