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John Farrell’s style works great for Red Sox

A thirst for knowledge and an attention to detail have made John Farrell an ideal leader for these Red Sox

They are the John Farrell Red Sox, with their lumberjack beards, colorful tattoos, and glittering bling, none of which has anything to do with the image their square-jawed, clean-shaven manager projects.

Parked next to his ragtag bunch, the 6-foot-4-inch, 51-year-old skipper at first glance appears to have walked onto the wrong set, straying from his leading man’s role in some PBS documentary on the thinking man’s manager into a land that time — and grooming tools — forgot.

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