Dombrowski reaches out to Farrell
New Red Sox president of baseball ops hopes to soon meet in person with manager
BOSTON -- While Dave Dombrowski has been the Red Sox's president of baseball operations for less than 24 hours, he's already contacted John Farrell as the manager goes through treatment for Stage 1 lymphoma.
"We played phone tag Tuesday night, but once we finally talked, I told him first and foremost that he needs to take care of his health," Dombrowski said. "That's the most important thing."
The Red Sox introduced Dombrowski as the newest member of the organization's front office on Wednesday afternoon. The 59-year-old has had a long career in baseball, most recently with the Tigers, where he served as the team's general manager.
While the two have crossed paths during their time in baseball, Dombrowski said that once Farrell is feeling up to it, he'd like to meet to discuss the team.
"We'll get together," Dombrowski said. "He thought he'd be able to visit by the end of the homestand, so we'll likely visit then, so we can get together so we can get to know each other better and get his view on the ballclub."
Farrell began chemotherapy treatment on Tuesday after being diagnosed last week. To show support for Farrell and the WEEI/NESN Jimmy Fund Radio-Telethon, a two-day fundraiser for cancer research and patient care at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Dombrowski and his family answered phones to collect donations right after the news conference.
"Today we are thinking about the celebration of Dave joining us, but we are also going to spend the rest of the day thinking about our friends who are suffering from cancer," Red Sox chairman Tom Werner said. "We are thinking about John. It is a great day for the Red Sox to support the Jimmy Fund. We are remembering as part of our civic responsibility to raise money to strike out cancer."