Many Boston Red Sox fans in the state of Maine were delighted to have manager John Farrell at the Gracie Theatre in Bangor on Wednesday evening to talk a little baseball on the cold night in an event hosted by The Ticket.

The trip was not Farrell’s first to the state, as he had played Triple A baseball for the Maine Guides in 1984, and even made trips to see the Portland Sea Dogs as well on various occasions.  The active Sox manager spoke for over 90 minutes to Sox fans about a wide array of topics, from the Red Sox pitching staff to the legacy of recently retired slugger David Ortiz

The impact of Ortiz was felt by Farrell on and off the field, but he did reiterate that the DH was staying retired.  Among other topic areas were coaches that he has been a part of a staff with, including Maine’s own Brian Butterfield.

The night couldn’t come and go without at least a little talk of former Boston manager and current Cleveland skipper Terry Francona, who Farrell said he’s had a bond with dating back to their playing days.

Farrrell missed the end of the 2015 season after finding out that he was diagnosed with cancer, but due to quick discovery of the illness doctors were able to eradicate it from his body.  He discussed how he felt the moment he found out about the diagnosis from his doctors.

He also talked about his disdain for instant replay and gave fans a glimpse about the on-and-off relationship he has had with umpire Bob Davidson.

The Boston Red Sox are 27 days away from pitchers and catchers reporting to Fort Myers in Florida.  Those fans who attended seemed to already be excited to get the season underway after the event.

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