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Red Sox Skipper John Farrell’s Cancer
Is In Remission And He Is Back To Work
by Ed Frank
While there’s no World Series this year for the Boston
Red Sox, the Red Sox family and faithful received
good news recently when their likeable and talented
manager, John Farrell, announced that his cancer is in remis-
sion after undergoing eight weeks of intensive chemotherapy
for Stage One lymphoma.
In fact, he said he feels so good that he flew to Arizona this
week for meetings with team officials to evaluate club personnel
and begin the offseason planning for next year.
“I’m really excited about getting back to work,” he told report-
ers before leaving for Arizona.
His cancer was discovered during routine hernia surgery in August. He left the dug-
out on August 14 to begin treatment immediately to combat the aggressive form of
Farrell said he appreciates the well wishes he received from hundreds of friends and
fans during the ordeal. He even heard from diehard Yankee fans who, despite their
dislike for the Red Sox, wished him well.
“But I’m back to walking two to three miles a day four to five times a week to
rebuild my strength. My appetite is great and there are no restrictions,” he said.
His close friend, Terry Francona, a former Red Sox manager and now manager of
the Cleveland Indians, talked to him every day. Ironically, Francona’s Indians arrived in
Boston for their only visit of the year on the very day that Farrell revealed his cancer
“I can’t thank Tito enough for the support he showed,” Farrell said.
As a footnote to Red Sox news, their recently-departed general manager, Ben
Cherrington, announced that he has taken an executive in residence position with
Columbia University as an instructor in sports leadership. It is a part-time position for
Cherrington, who hasn’t ruled out returning full time to baseball in the future.
And another baseball general manager, Ruben Amaro, Jr., has been officially
named first base coach for the Red Sox. He is the former Philadelphia Phillies GM.
Hammond Stadium Earns National Accolades
The massive renovation of the 25-year-old Hammond Stadium, a major part of the
$48.5-million upgrade of the entire CenturyLink Sports Complex in Fort Myers, has
been named the Best Major Ballpark Renovation of 2015 by Ballpark Digest.
The two-year project that was completed just prior to this year’s spring training
included a 360-degree outfield boardwalk, new concessions, a two-level team store,
widened concourses, new suites with outdoor seating, the creation of a grand entry,
improved player facilities with renovated locker rooms, training rooms, gym and hydro-
The Lee County-owned complex has been the spring training home of the
Minnesota Twins for 25 years. In addition, the Twins Advanced A minor league fran-
chise – the Fort Myers Miracle – has utilized the facility as its’ home field since 1992.
Everblades Off To Fast Start
Since the franchise was founded in 1998, the Florida Everblades year in and year
out have been highly competitive. It appears the 2015-16 season will not be different.
The Everblades began the week with a 4-2 record in the young season and held a
first-place standing in the ECHL South Division.
Florida is home tonight, Friday, at Germain Arena in Estero hosting South Carolina
at 7:30 p.m.
Following tonight’s contest, the local hockey team begins a five-game road trip to
South Carolina, Orlando and Atlanta before returning home November 13 to face
1. Who was the first designated hitter to hit a home run in 1973, the debut year for the DH
in the American League?
2. How many managers did the Chicago Cubs have during the 1990s?
3. Entering 2015, who held the Ohio State record for most TD passes in one game?
4. Of Charles Barkley and Michael Jordan, which one attempted more 3-point shots during
his NBA career?
5. Which goaltender has recorded the most saves in a season for the Tampa Bay Lightning?
6. During the 1990s, three drivers won the Indianapolis 500 after starting in the pole posi-
tion. Name two of them.
7. Who was the last Japanese men’s tennis player to reach the semifinals of the French
1. Minnesota’s Tony Oliva, against Oakland. 2. Six -- Don Zimmer (1990-91), Joe Altobelli (‘91), Jim Es-
sian (‘91), Jim Lefebvre (1992-93), Tom Trebelhorn (1994) and Jim Riggleman (1995-99). 3. Kenny Guiton
threw six against Florida A&M in 2013, and J.T. Barrett did the same against Kent State in 2014. 4. Barkley
attempted 2,020 (making 538); Jordan, 1,778 (making 581). 5. Nikolai Khabibulin had 1,761 saves in the 2001-
02 season. 6. Rick Mears (1991), Al Unser Jr. (1994) and Arie Luyendyk (1997). 7. Jiro Sato, in 1933.
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