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(NECN: Alysha Palumbo, Boston) - At Fenway Park, the news that John Farrell has been hired on officially as the next manager of the Red Sox is being heralded by fans who are hoping this may be the ticket to bringing this team back to its winning ways.
The vendors have gone home, the gates are locked and fans are hard to come by around Fenway Park.
But even though baseball has been long over in Boston, there is some optimism with Tuesday's introduction of the Sox new manager, John Farrell.
"Definitely couldn't hurt, definitely room for improvement," said Springfield, Mass. resident Corey Robertson.
"Really like the hire, I think it was good to bring someone back, I think Ben made a good move here strategically, obviously Bobby Valentine had to go so I agree with the move," said Mike Palmeri, a Red Sox fan from New Jersey.
Fans say it's clearly a change is style from Bobby Valentine.
While most welcome that change, they say the pressure needs to be put on the entire team to improve on all levels - not just coaching.
"Clearly with the performance that the Red Sox were making this season, hopefully the change will be for better and hopefully we can get some new players because I know that the fans are definitely going to miss the support that we had from our previous players," said Isabel Balachandran of Boston.
"A little more stability but the players have to take account for what they did also, if they come back with the attitude that they're supposed to have we're going to win," said Donald Ambrose of Brooklyn, New York.
As a Red Sox fan who lives and works in the shadow of Yankee Stadium, Ambrose says he has to have faith this team will get better.
"I am so happy that the Red Sox got a good manager and we're going to be back and we're going to kick the Yankees' butt," said Ambrose.
Fans here say while hiring Farrell is definitely a good start there's going to be a lot of work that needs to be done in the off season to get this team back in playoff shape.