"He's done an outstanding job. I'm certainly not one to compliment him on it, because he lives it, as do we," said Farrell. "But his vision clearly started last August with the trade with the Dodgers. Where we stand today was initiated 14 months ago. So it's tremendous foresight on his part.
"But to select the people, in addition to the talent that he brought in, everyone has fit well. It didn't stop after the free-agent signing period this winter. Quintin Berry is another example of maybe a less publicized acquisition that can maybe fill a pivotal role or pivotal contribution on our end.
"It's a never-ending pursuit on his part, whether it's looking at internal options, his ability to outline things to us in uniform from a staff standpoint, he includes us in that whole process and it's worked very well. But he's done a great job of revamping who sits in our clubhouse today."
• Who better than Gomes to describe the vibe for the Red Sox as the start of the postseason draws near?
"Real excited," said Gomes. "You look at 162 games and six months and it's not even an appetizer for what is about to happen. Five hundred, 600-plus at-bats comes down to four in that first game. The atmosphere. We grinded, we battled, we worked hard for the home-field advantage. And we got that. I think this park in Fenway probably stands at the top of the board for what a home-field advantage means with the hostile environment, the big wall."
• The consistency of this year's Red Sox was probably the most underrated aspect of the team. The Sox went the entire season without losing more than three games in a row. The only other team to do that in franchise history? The 1903 squad. The last team in the Majors to not lose more than three in a row in season was the 2005 Cardinals.
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