Maybe “Willingness to sleep with Red Sox Personnel” is a required question in the interview process when joining the media?
I kid, I kid, but not really. Stuff like this is becoming more and more relevant. We should make like Elsa and let it go. First we had Heidi Watney and Jason Varitek, then we had Jenny Dell and Willy Middlenutz. Now we have John Farrell and Jessica Moran.
I’m trying to see things from both ends of the spectrum here, but to not much avail.
Shoot me, take me out in the streets and beat me, but I don’t have a problem with the relationship. You shouldn’t either, to be honest. John Farrell is going through a divorce after completing chemotherapy. The guy has every right to be happy. He wasn’t being unfaithful to his wife and family. Moran is 20 years younger than Farrell, but is an adult at 32.
She’s not a fragile young girl he took advantage of. These are two consenting adults having a relationship.
The true poison here is within the media, because they will milk this cow until its udders fall off. This should be a non-issue, in my opinion, because it really has nothing to do with baseball. In fact, the media making a big deal out of it is more of a distraction than the relationship itself.
Moran has since resigned from CSNNE, claiming that it was her personal and professional decision to do so. Is that a lie? It could be, but my personal opinion is that she left on her own free will to continue seeing Farrell without the risk of losing her job. She’ll find other work. Watney went on to be a tv host on MLB Network, and Dell now works for the NFL as a sideline reporter. Miss Moran will be fine.
As for Farrell, this doesn’t work in his favor. No one from the Red Sox has publicly said it yet, but he’s on a short leash already, after leading his club to two consecutive last place finishes. Now, with this on his shoulders too, that leash just got even shorter. I have faith in Farrell. I supported the signing of him after the 2012 campaign, and I wanted him to win Manager of the Year in 2013. I supported him during the good times, and I’m sticking with him in the bad.
For his sake, though: His Sox better get off to a good start in 2016, or else he and his sweetheart will both be on the job market.