Terry Francona will accompany John Farrell to his first chemotherapy session


Red Sox manager John Farrell has stepped away from the team for the remainder of the season to undergo treatment for Stage 1 lymphoma, with bench coach Torey Lovullo taking over as Boston skipper.

Farrell replaced Terry Francona as Red Sox manager in 2013–we’ll call Bobby Valentine an unfortunate place-holder–after previously serving as pitching coach under Francona and in a random scheduling coincidence Francona’s new team, the Indians, are in Boston to play a three-game series at Fenway Park beginning tonight.

Which leads to this, which is pretty cool: