The firing of John Farrell is a watershed moment for the Red Sox as a franchise: it signals a complete break from a line of figures who had run the organization – both in the dugout and in the front office – dating all the way back to 2003.
In the dugout, notwithstanding the one year of Bobby Valentine Clown Time, the team was managed by either Terry Francona or Farrell for 13 of the last 14 seasons.
Theo Epstein brought in Francona, who brought in Farrell (as pitching coach). Epstein also brought in BenCherington, who brought back Farrell after the latter had gone to Toronto. Mike Hazen, who had the GM position in name if not in actual power, was also an Epstein acolyte.
Now, they’re all gone. The Red Sox are, for good or ill, officially now Dave Dombrowski’s team.