|Larry Lucchino on D&C: Terry Francona’s perceptions ‘mischaracterized’ by Dan Shaughnessy||02.13.13 at 11:17 am ET|
Red Sox president/CEO Larry Lucchino checked in with Dennis & Callahan on Wednesday morning, and much of the conversation centered on Terry Francona‘s book that paints Lucchino in an unflattering light.
Lucchino said he decided not to read the book — at least for now — and minimize his comments about it. Told that it doesn’t seem to be his nature to avoid addressing an issue like this, Lucchino responded: “Sometimes my nature doesn’t always lead me to the right place. But I think in this case it makes perfect sense.
“I certainly have heard a little bit about the book, so I know some of its themes. If I did read it, I would probably find that it’s even more disappointing than I’ve heard, that it’s highly selective. It’s history as translated and written by Dan Shaughnessy, so it gives a certain Shaughnessy twist to it — I think many of us know what that can mean.
“It seems that if I did read it, the probabilities of my making some intemperate remark or getting involved in some collateral discussion of it would prevent me from doing my job right now. I’ve got a full plate of things. The 2013 season is a demanding one and has been. The offseason’s been demanding and there’s a lot for us to do. I just don’t need — and I don’t think the franchise needs — a debate of what’s right and what’s wrong. As I said, it’s highly selective.”
Added Lucchino: “I’m not a bully. I don’t think I behave that way. You can talk to lots of people who will I think give you a slightly different impression.”
Lucchino acknowledged he was disappointed that some discussions he believed were private were referenced in the book, but he expressed a bigger concern with how Shaughnessy “mischaracterized” Francona’s perceptions.
“Certainly a lot of the things we talked about we did not anticipate would be the subject or be material for a book afterwards. That’s a little troubling,” Lucchino said. “But I have fond feelings for Tito. I have good memories about what happened. I understand that he left feeling a certain way about the organization and about us. But I believe he has said a whole number of positive things since then. And I just prefer not to get into a kind of discussion about how Dan Shaughnessy translated a lot of these things and characterized them — or in my view, mischaracterized them.
“I’ll give you an example: One of the themes of the book, I’m told, is that we care more about money than winning, we are more about marketing and ratings and money and the profits that will be generated from baseball than the winning. I think that’s silly. I think it’s wrong. Look at our track record. We’ve had the second- or third-highest payroll in baseball for years. We’ve won more games over our first decade than any team in baseball except the Yankees. Our payroll’s been higher than any team in baseball except the Yankees. We’ve reinvested not just into the ball team but into the ballpark, into scouting, player development. It seems to me that the body of work demonstrates that — and we have not taken one penny of profit distribution out of this club. Everything we’ve generated from these activities has been reinvested in the team, in the payroll, in the scouting, player development, amateur signings, foreign signings. We have taken the revenue that we have generated and put it back in this team, for the success of the team, the preservation of the ballpark. And I think that speaks for itself. I don’t need to be out there saying, ‘My goodness, we care more about winning than money.’ It should be self-evident. It should be clear from our track record.”
|Terry Francona grateful for ‘some semblance of order’ in Red Sox bullpen||08.04.11 at 5:50 pm ET|
A lot has been said about Jacoby Ellsbury’s consecutive walk-off hits the past two nights, but an argument could be made that the Red Sox center fielder wouldn’t have even had the opportunity to win the game had it not been for some strong performances out of the Boston bullpen.
Jonathan Papelbon pitched perfect ninth innings on both Tuesday and Wednesday against the Indians in non-save situations while situational lefties Franklin Morales and Randy Williams each put together outings that lasted longer than an inning without allowing a run.
Those performances were, of course, preceded by Daniel Bard’s horrid performance on Monday (he allowed three runs in just 1/3 of an inning to break up his career-best scoreless streak of 26 1/3 innings), but Red Sox manager Terry Francona said that the strength of the rest of his relievers in their given roles makes those games easier to swallow.
“We’re going to lose the occasional game,” Francona said. “But we don’t need three mounds down there. Guys throwing and not knowing who’s throwing. Games we lose like that hurt, but next game, we’ll go back and there’s some semblance of order.”
That order ends with Papelbon as it has since 2006. The closer has allowed just one hit and no runs in his last eight outings, all of which lasted a full inning, and that kind of performance has Francona thinking back to five years ago when the rookie Papelbon had a tiny ERA of 0.92.
“He’s been terrific,” said the Sox skipper. “He’s had a couple outings where he’s given up runs and it hasn’t helped his ERA [which stands at 3.35 entering Thursday]. But he’s been way closer to the Pap we saw his first year or so. Command of his fastball, the cutter, throwing the split, he’s been terrific.” Read the rest of this entry »
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