When next season gets underway with Farrell at the helm, it'll be time to give Red Sox nation what it wants: a team that makes its fans proud again. As anyone in Boston knows, a huge part of that pride hinges on how the team fares against the New York Yankees.
Among the best rivalries in sports, the most recent Sox/Yankees episodes haven't been favorable for Boston. New York took 13 of the teams' 18 matchups in 2012, winning the AL East and advancing to the ALCS while the Red Sox finished dead last in the division.
In 2013, however, Sox fans once again have reason to believe that their team can compete with its sworn enemy in New York. Here are three reasons that, with Farrell managing the team, Boston will rekindle the best rivalry in baseball.