He worked the room like a stand-up comedian, regaling the crowd of about 1,000 with stories, especially from last season.
On Farrell: “I’ve never met John, but I wish him the best. He gets along well with the front office. That’s a good start.”
On Carmine the computer: “I must have gone back and asked Carmine six times, ‘What do I do here?’ All six times, the answer was, ‘Fire the manager.’ I think it was broken or something.”
On the importance of a manager on a professional team: “I didn’t have anything to do with this season.”
Globe correspondent Craig Forde contributed to this report from Salem. Peter Abraham can be reached at email@example.com.