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THE RIVER - AUGUST 21, 2015
Rivalries Pale In Importance
When News Of Red Sox Skipper
John Farrell’s Cancer Is Reported
by Ed Frank
The bitter, often contentious rivalry between the Boston
Red Sox and the New York Yankees that dates back
decades suddenly came to a screeching halt last week
with the announcement that Red Sox manager John Farrell
had been diagnosed with a treatable form of cancer – Stage
Within minutes of the report, the Yankees took to Twitter to
wish the Red Sox skipper “a full and speedy recovery.”
Those few words from the Yankees makes us all realize that
baseball and all other sports are just games and are of secondary
importance to the real issues in life.
John Farrell is a classy guy. He’s had his ups and downs with the Red Sox in his
three years as manager, but has always been cordial and cooperative with the media.
He is taking a medical leave for the remainder of the season and his bench coach,
Torey Lovullo, was named acting manager in his absence.
In a press conference late last week, Farrell explained that the cancer was found
during hernia surgery earlier in the week. He said it is a “highly curable” lymphoma
that will be treated with chemotherapy. The treatments began this week.
The press conference included emotional remarks of support for the manager from
Red Sox stars David Ortiz and Dustin Pedroia.
Sports crosses boundaries far broader than a baseball diamond, football field or bas-
As soon as Terry Francona, manager of the Cleveland Indians, heard the news, he
couldn’t find a phone fast enough to tell his longtime friend that he will accompany
him to his first treatment, which was Tuesday.
By coincidence, the Indians were scheduled to be in Boston this week for a three-
The relationship between the two began in 1988 when they were teammates with
the Indians, and it grew stronger over the years.
Farrell was pitching coach under Francona from
2007 through 2010, when he left to become
manager of the Toronto Blue Jays.
Francona was ousted by the Red Sox after
four seasons, but that rather acrimonious split has
nothing to do with his support for Farrell.
“I have no doubt that he will beat the hell out
of this, probably with one hand tied behind his
back,” Francona told reporters when learning of
Francona said it is weird that his team will be
in Boston (their only visit to Boston this season)
when his friend begins chemotherapy.
“I’m glad, just because he’s my friend and I
care about him a lot. I hope that helps because
you’re kind of limited with what else you can do,”
Farrell’s treatment Tuesday was the first of
nine weeks of chemotherapy. Doctors have told
him the cancer is localized and “highly curable.”
The sadness of a life-threatening disease
almost always draws a family closer together. We
saw that this week with baseball’s family – a bond-
ing far more important than winning a game or winning a championship.
Miracle Season Down To Three Weeks
As the week began, the Fort Myers Miracle baseball team had only 19 games
remaining in the 2015 season, and their hopes were fading to retain the Florida State
Although the Miracle won two of three games last weekend from first-place Palm
Beach, they remained six games behind the Cardinals with a 28-23 second-half season
record through Monday of this week.
Fort Myers begins a six-game homestand this Sunday facing Jupiter and then
Bradenton in two three-game series.
Red Sox manager John Farrell
photo courtesy Boston Red Sox
Fort Myers Derby Girls Prepared To
Conquer The Gold Coast August 23
As a proud sponsor of the Fort Myers Derby Girls, Cre8 Salon & Spa
announced that tickets are available now for the team’s next home bout
against the Gold Coast Derby Grrls, which starts at 6:30 p.m. on Sunday,
August 23 at Bamboozles Skating and Event Center, 2095 Andrea Lane in Fort
Happy hour starts at 4:45 p.m., and donations will be collected for Oma’s Heart,
which provides Christmas gifts to financially struggling families. Advance tickets are
$10 and can be ordered at www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2067989. Tickets at
the door are $12.
Fans are asked to bring the following, based on a wish list provided by Oma’s
Heart: toys for children birth to age 2, toys for children ages 9 to 12, gift cards, movie
tickets, sports balls (football, basketballs, soccer balls), stuffed animals, batteries of all
sizes, Magic Tape, Christmas wrapping paper and stocking stuffing items.
Following the bout, meet and mingle with the skaters at Stevie Tomato’s Sports
Page, located at 9510 Marketplace Road in Fort Myers.
“Fort Myers Derby Girls empowers its team members to work hard, have fun and
make a difference in the community,” said Cre8 Salon & Spa owner Marcy Moreno.
“That’s not too different from what we do at Cre8 every day, so it’s a natural organi-
zation for us to support. If you’ve never been to a roller derby bout, you’re in for a real
treat on August 23.”
The final home bout in the home season is on September 27 vs. South Florida
Roller Girls, also at Bamboozles. Fort Myers Derby Girls is recruiting skaters, referees,
non-skating officials, announcers and volunteers. Learn more online at www.fortmyers-
Fort Myers Derby Girls
Event To Benefit
Kids Helping Kids
Ateacher appreciation event is set
for Friday, August 21 to honor
teachers as they head back to
the classrooms while at the same time
raising money for the Kids Helping
Kids organization. It is the first of
three events leading up to the big Kids
Helping Kids Festival November 14.
All teachers and students as well as
the public are invited to take part in fam-
ily entertainment from 6 to 8 p.m. on
August 21 at Alico Family Golf, 16300
Lee Road (intersection of Lee and Alico
roads), south of Fort Myers).
Admission is free. There will be min-
iature golf, driving range, Bubble Soccer
(6 to 7 p.m.), family entertainment, food
and other items available for purchase.
Donations will be accepted for the Kids
Helping Kids organization.
Two other events will be held before
the November festival. On September 25,
there will be an appreciation event for
firefighters, law enforcement and other
emergency personnel and on October
16, there will be an event celebrating
small business owners. Both events will
be from 6 to 8 p.m. at Alico Family Golf.
The third annual Kids Helping Kids
Festival will take place on Saturday,
November 14, from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.
also at Alico Family Golf. The festival
includes live animals, a rockwall, Bubble
Soccer, bounce houses, live music, games
and food vendors. The cost is $10 for
unlimited activities; admission is free for
kids under five.
The events are sponsored by Alliance
Financial Group and Alico Family Golf.
Opportunities for sponsorships and
vendors are still available. For more
information, contact Kathy Bongiorno at
Alliance Financial Group at 561-2900 or
The mission of the Kids Helping Kids
Festival is to empower and inspire young
people across Southwest Florida to make
a difference in the lives of their peers. The
annual Kids Helping Kids Festival provides
a forum for youth to come together, cel-
ebrate and learn how to turn their passion
into service. For more information visit:
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