The Rays were supposed to be fighting for first right now. The Red Sox, who won just 69 games last year, weren’t.
And although both teams do have their similarities as Scott pointed out, the Rays have better pitching and pitching usually wins out.
But who knows? The Red Sox have been the most resilient team in baseball all season and they have big, strong Honest John on their side.
Three things are certain: First, this Rays and Red Sox rivalry is growing by the year, even by the game, and it trumps Red Sox/Yankees. Second, when you compare last year to this year and Farrell to Bobby Valentine, you learn how important a manager can be in baseball.
Third, Scott certainly has a lot of respect for his former coach and farm director.
“He’s a very, very smart man, very wise and just knows a lot about the game,” Scott said about Farrell. “I don’t think there’s anything in this game that he can’t do. He’s successful as a manager. He was successful as a pitching coach. He’d be successful as a general manager.”