Red Sox manager John Farrell returned to Toronto where he managed a team replete with injuries and no stars for a couple of years.
Toronto media is ready to cast him as their villain, as Farrell noted. It is a far cry for Dudley Do-Right of the Mounties to be thrown over the railroad tracks.
Stalwart and heroic of demeanor, John Farrell has always been the guy to save the fair maiden from the dastardly bad guy. Now, after unceremoniously leaving the Blue Jays at the altar with egg on their face, Farrell must show up at the church and sing to the choir like Nelson Eddy in a Mountie uniform.
Yes, folks, Dudley Do-Right will be playing Snidely Whiplash in the latest edition of MLB.
The worm is turning from Dr. Jekyll into Mr. Hyde.
And this time there is no place for John Farrell to hide. He must face the music as the Toronto team reloaded their roster in a way ownership never provided tools for Farrell.
If anything, Farrell has a right to be indignant. If the team had given him the players it has now, Farrell might still be riding his white horse over the Canadian Yukon for the fans in Whitehorse.
In a country where the bad guys are usually called Bruins, John Farrell is showing his versatility this weekend. He is playing the dual role of man in the Red Sox hat and man in the black hat.
Dudley Do-Right never had it so bad.