Times can get tough when personalities and egos clash. That is exactly what happened the past two years, especially last season when the disconnect was felt between coaches and coaches, some players and players and some coaches and players.
Clay Buchholz, who earned the win yesterday by going 7.0 scoreless inning and striking out eight, indicated his team’s strong start has to do with the clubhouse jelling.
“It’s a lot better than starting 2-9 or whatever it was last year and the year before,” Buchholz said about Boston’s 5-2 start. “We’ve got an awesome group of guys. It’s been fun all the way through spring until this point. It’s easier to come to the ballpark and be in high spirits.”
The season again is only seven games old but you have to be impressed with the chemistry and manager John Farrell’s work ethic and daily approach.
Farrell’s impact on ace Jon Lester and Buchholz is noticeable. He also seems to be the ultimate communicator and on top of every single matter involving his team.
One issue with last year’s one-and-done manager Bobby Valentine was that he sometimes waited until the day of a game to inform players whether they were playing or where they were hitting in the lineup.
Baseball players are creatures of habit. They like to know exactly what is going on before they arrive at the ballpark so they can prepare the right way.
On the plane ride back from Toronto on Sunday night, Farrell told Nava, a backup first baseman/outfielder, that he would be starting in left field yesterday against a tough southpaw.
“That something they (the coaching staff) have done a great job of — just filling us in so we can prepare,” Nava said. “I think that’s huge for any guy who’s not sure when (he’s) going to be playing.”