Last night’s game against the Pittsburgh Pirates might have looked like an anonymous spring training tilt, but it held special significance for Red Sox manager John Farrell and his family. On the Pirates’ traveling roster was none other than Jeremy Farrell, the manager’s eldest son and a minor league third baseman.
Before the 5-2 Pirates loss, the younger Farrell, who bears a striking resemblance to his square-jawed father, talked about their relationship and the immense respect he has for the man now in charge of the Red Sox.
“It’s really cool,” Jeremy Farrell said. “We’ve been fortunate enough to be able to do this the last couple of years. It’s something we both look forward to in the spring.”

Jeremy Farrell, 25, reached Triple A for the first time last season, hitting .207 in eight games for Indianapolis. An eighth-round draft pick out of the University of Virginia in 2008, he is a lifetime .260 hitter in five minor league seasons, with 25 home runs in 402 games.
He knows how lucky he is to have a sounding board like his father.
“He’s a tremendous role model to look up to,” Farrell said. “First and foremost, he’s my dad, but if there’s ever anything I need to bounce off him, we can talk about the game.”
The elder Farrell instilled a strong work ethic in his three sons that traces to his own upbringing. Even though his father spent much of his time on the road, Jeremy Farrell never felt cheated.
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