John Farrell stuck around baseball for about a year after the Boston Red Sox fired him in 2017, dabbling in TV as an ESPN analyst and joining the Cincinnati Reds' staff as a scout in 2018.
Since then, he's gone off the grid. But it turns out Farrell is still in New England -- and has found a new calling as a lobster fisherman.
"It's peaceful. It's a completely different world out on the water."
John Farrell goes lobstering: https://t.co/RunKOVVoS1 pic.twitter.com/ltbd9xSKO1 — Boston Globe Sports (@BGlobeSports) June 25, 2019
Farrell's second career isn't a part-time hobby, either. According to The Boston Globe's Stan Grossfeld, the ex-Red Sox manager is the skipper of a 46-foot lobster boat named Seaweed and wakes up at 3:15 a.m. to spend his days off the coast of Massachusetts setting and pulling lobster traps.
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"It's peaceful," Farrell told Grossfeld. "It's a completely different world out on the water."
The seemingly abrupt occupation change is a "lifelong dream" for Farrell, whose father, Tom, was a lobsterman in New Jersey and took him out on trips during his childhood.
"Fortunately, I was able to throw a baseball, but in the back of my mind, I forever envisioned returning to the water," Farrell added.
Farrell apparently doesn't watch many Sox games (he's asleep before they end), but he's still following his former team from afar as it tries to shake what he sees as a World Series hangover.
"Is there a physical hangover from playing an extra month at the highest intensity of the year? Possibly," he added. "But they are now in striking distance."
The Red Sox aren't Farrell's problem now, though, as you're more likely to find him on the high seas than anywhere near Fenway Park, where he hasn't visited since Boston let him go.
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