John Farrell had to fight through a crowd just to get to his own pregame news conference upon his return to Toronto as manager of the Boston Red Sox.
Five television cameras and a throng of more than 20 reporters were waiting outside the Red Sox clubhouse to speak to the man who gave up his job as the Blue Jays skipper and bolted to join their division rival.
''Is there a special event tonight,'' Farrell jokingly asked before Friday night's series opener between the Blue Jays and Red Sox.
Not exactly. Just the chance for an estimated 42,000 fans to vent their fury at a turncoat manager. And Toronto wasn't wasting any time. As the crowd trickled in during batting practice, a derisive chant rang out from the far reaches of the upper deck. Then, during pregame introductions, Farrell's name was greeted with hearty boos.
The catcalls swelled again when Farrell came out to exchange lineup cards at home plate. He appeared not to be bothered, laughing and jok...