BOSTON, Mass. (KMOX) – Boston Red Sox manager John Farrell discussed his relationship with the family of Cardinals outfielder Matt Holliday after the Cardinals’ victory in Game 2 of the World Series Thursday night.
Farrell pitched for Oklahoma State between 1981 and 1984. His pitching coach during those years in Stillwater, Okla. was Tom Holliday, Matt Holliday’s father.
When the Hollidays needed a night off, Farrell was the couple’s babysitter for young Matt, who was born in 1980. After his time in the major leagues ended, Farrell returned to Stillwater in 1997 to work under Tom, then the team’s head coach.
After the game Thursday night, Farrell was asked what it’s like to have the elder Holliday, a mentor, in Fenway Park and rooting against him.
“The old saying is blood’s thicker than water and Matt, seeing him when I was a player at Oklahoma State at the age of three or four, and then to go back as a coach there to see him go through his high school days and watch him develop as a person into a man and into a perennial all-star,” the Red Sox manager said.
Holliday was asked earlier this week in a St. Louis Post-Dispatch article whether his father would have conflicted feelings. He told the paper he hoped there isn’t a conflict and believes his dad is firmly in his corner.
“You know, a lot of paths intersect in this game and they were great to me, the Holliday family,” Farrell added. “If you go back to when I not only played for them but worked for them, and obviously what Matt’s doing here, it’s kind of an interesting side story to say the least.”