David Ortiz Credits John Farrell for Red Sox’ Turnaround, Says ‘a Body Can’t Function Without Having a Good Head’

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John Farrell, David OrtizBOSTON — The Red Sox’ 2013 World Series run will forever be remembered as a team effort. But success often starts with who’s steering the ship, and that hasn’t been lost among those in the Red Sox’ clubhouse.

David Ortiz had another stellar season in the middle of the Red Sox’ order, and his World Series heroics were a sight to behold. But as he reflected on Boston’s incredible return to prominence shortly after Game 6, he couldn’t help but credit manager John Farrell.

“Hey, like I’ve said since Day 1, a body can’t function without having a good head. And our manager is outstanding.” Ortiz said. “He showed to all of us since Day 1 that he was the masterpiece that we needed to get to this level.

“John, he did such a nice job with all of us. And our focus coming in was to do nothing but play baseball, which is different than last year.”

Farrell became the sixth different manager to lead the Red Sox to a World Series title. He joined Terry Francona (2004), Ed Barrow (1918) and Jake Stahl (1912) as the only Red Sox managers to win the Fall Classic in their first year behind the wheel.

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