In about one month, the Boston Red Sox and Northeastern’s base­ball team will face off in their annual exhi­bi­tion game in Florida. But Wednesday night, the Huskies threw down the gauntlet against the reigning World Series champs in a light­hearted moment during the “Red Sox On Campus,” a town hall-​​style event at North­eastern fea­turing Sox gen­eral man­ager Ben Cher­ington, man­ager John Far­rell, and out­fielder Jonny Gomes.

The Sox trio dis­cussed the team’s cham­pi­onship run in 2013, the season ahead, and base­ball Xs and Os, answering ques­tions from some of the sev­eral hun­dred audi­ence mem­bers in Blackman Audi­to­rium. Gomes, who last October helped lead Boston to its third World Series title in nine years, joked it was the Huskies who should be wor­ried. “Well you guys got to pack your lunch cause we’re the champs,” Gomes said in jest.

Kid­ding aside, Gomes and Far­rell said playing North­eastern was great for the major lea­guers because it’s their first orga­nized game in spring training.

We’re looking for­ward to it,” Far­rell said, “and having been a col­lege player, get­ting the chance to play against a big league team or Triple-​​A team, I know it’s an exciting time for you guys too.”

The event was spon­sored and filmed by NESN and emceed by Tom Caron, who hosts the pre– and postgame shows during Red Sox games. “Red Sox on Campus” will air on NESN on Monday, Jan. 27, at 10 p.m. and will rebroad­cast in the days following.

Graduate student Jenny Chu, who is pursuing her master's in pediatric primary care, had her shirt signed by Red Sox outfielder Jonny Gomes at "Red Sox on Campus" event. Photo by Brooks Canaday.

Grad­uate stu­dent Jenny Chu, who is pur­suing her master’s in pedi­atric pri­mary care, had her Red Sox t-​​shirt signed by out­fielder Jonny Gomes at the “Red Sox on Campus” event. Photo by Brooks Canaday.

Prior to the taped por­tion of the event, Jack Moynihan, Northeastern’s vice pres­i­dent of alumni rela­tions, wel­comed the audi­ence and thanked the Sox for their con­tinued part­ner­ship over the years, which includes pro­viding co-​​op expe­ri­ences for stu­dents. “The Red Sox have been a great partner,” Moynihan said.

Cher­ington, who was named gen­eral man­ager in 2011, told the crowd the front office staff only had a few hours to cel­e­brate the team’s World Series win over the St. Louis Car­di­nals. Then it was back to work. “For us, free agency started the next morning (after the last game of the series),” Cher­ington said. “We haven’t had much time to reflect on it.”

Ear­lier in the day, the Red Sox rival New York Yan­kees had signed highly sought after Japanese pitcher Masahiro Tanaka to a seven-​​year, $155 mil­lion con­tract. So John Sweeney, who is pur­suing his master’s in crim­inal jus­tice lead­er­ship at North­eastern, cut right to the chase with his ques­tion to Cher­ington: when would the Sox sign starting pitcher Jon Lester to a long-​​term extension?

The open door is always there, and the will­ing­ness and effort to talk is always there,” Cher­ington said. “So I think with that, a con­ver­sa­tion will happen at the appro­priate time. We will see.”

Far­rell, who was in his first year as the Red Sox man­ager last season, was asked by William Pett, SSH’14, about his thoughts on Major League Baseball’s new expanded instant replay rules, which will allow man­agers to chal­lenge calls umpires make during a game.

I’m all for it,” Far­rell said. “Everyone wants to get the calls right. You want to be sure a call in April doesn’t affect whether you get into the postseason.”

Other ques­tions ranged from favorite ball­parks to how the Sox will stay moti­vated to repeat their suc­cess this upcoming season. The crowd roared fol­lowing Gomes’ response to a ques­tion about how to be a good team­mate. “First you win, because win­ning erases every­thing,” noted Gomes, who later added that he strives to mentor younger players and pro­vide the same vet­eran lead­er­ship he ben­e­fited from early in his career.

Gomes also admitted he’d be shaving off his now leg­endary beard before spring training. Someone asked him that since beards became the team’s theme last season, what would be team’s theme in 2014? “Back-​​to-​​back,” Gomes replied.