The actions started on Friday, as well, as full-squad workouts began. And clearly, the Red Sox — with their spring mannerisms and intensity — want this culture change to start here, and then carry over to Boston when they arrive home.
Jonny Gomes is one of the new Red Sox players, signed to a two-year, $10 million contract to play left field. But Gomes was also brought in to help change the negative vibe that had permeated the team’s clubhouse. He was impressed by the team’s first meeting.
“It’s exciting,” he said. “I’ve been on a few teams. Just to see how the goals are set here and how everything is demanded to be ran. One of the first priorities over here is to be professional. Says a lot about the organization and the players inside here. So we do that, be professional, respect the game, put some numbers up, I think we’ll be alright.”
“Be professional” is one of the few rules Farrell has for the team.
“It’s a simple rule,” Gomes said. “(But) it’s not always that simple for people to follow it. If it was that simple, I don’t think it would be a rule. But it’s not kids in here. It’s grown men, people with families, people who have been in the game for a while. But from the success I’ve had, and the winning teams I’ve (been on), that is definitely a motto that needs to be followed.”
Will Middlebrooks was a rookie with the Red Sox in 2012. His season was cut short by a fractured right wrist suffered when he was hit by a pitch Aug.10. But he was around to witness the chaos and is eager to put it behind him.
“It was great, very positive,” he said of the meeting. “I think everyone came out of it very happy and ready to go. I think everyone’s got a little chip on their shoulder right now, too. We’re kind of here to prove the world wrong.”