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Larry Lucchino on the World Series championship

Nov 1, 2013|

Sox president Larry Lucchino joined the show to discuss his 3rd championship in Boston. He told the guys that there will be a moment honoring the victims of the marathon bombing during the parade.

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And you talk about how times have changed as we get ready to speak with -- our friend Larry Lucchino the president and C you'll Boston Red Sox I glanced over the AT&T tax line. And it says. Five words Lucchino is a baseball. God. The front office report is brought to you by vita Coco. By new Wellesley hospital. And by celebrity cruises I'm taking one in January and by Anderson windows. The baseball god Larry Lucchino joins us on the hotline we have -- out to you -- baseball god. Gentlemen thank you congratulations. Congratulations to you as well and there every fifth at the wrestling. This experience. I was up I was keeping track of your whereabouts in the last 24 hours obviously wreck the game. You went to the game on celebration UN that up but the Bruins game you were the mayor's press conference in between that I think you probably attend that and Obama fund -- known that you couldn't join us yesterday on the air Larry the morning after. Well thank you it's it has been a busy time but it does but I have read somewhere in the paper that too. Adrenaline not -- -- too happy to be tired I think there's an expression yes -- -- and and and I feel slightly. As this big a jumping off. Up point of this conversation years from now Larry what will be your lasting mental image. About the 2013. Boston -- Oh boy. You always best the Serb provocative. Question. Be a little bit tentative at a time when. Likely to be good one single image. Uh oh it's got to be. -- I of part pressed to say it a it's a cliche ridden comment. -- by a couple of good. Of visual images just popped into my mind is is -- a coach he's jumping right at the end amid the classic moment and that is bigger point is in the air. That's that's the visual image or number but I'll remember the sort of personality and maturity as a team. That's global global global statements. You know it's a difficult question because there are so many not to mention you know Torii -- going over the wall and -- -- -- of his arms in the -- the great picture in the paper today with four members of the Boston Red Sox all helping. The home plate umpire signaled safe window when Gomes came across the plate it's just one after the other. That's that's a wonderful thing if it'll last for a alone time and not get to preparations for 2014. At -- begun so we do know ala. Don't talk about challenging it is to get ready in this short off season of next year the team that the same this year. And not to worry too much about what -- -- more. -- when you got the tab for the 100000. Dollar bottle of champagne yet. As I was a little bit of a surprise to me in there where that. Where that gave for a -- so that was donated by the campaign manager. I'm sure pat Lyons picked up the check -- Larry you mentioned 2014. This team is obviously a lot better than everybody thought in and the future is very bright. When you think about what's with what they're losing compared to you know that you New York Yankees. We'd be disappointed if you don't win it all again in the next five years. What we don't wanna play in October and try to get back to the basics here our goal from the beginning is sleeping in October baseball. So I'd be disappointed if you're playing in October next year. But I know how hard it is for a Celestin. For things to come together and now I'm constantly talking about Durant of the unpredictability. Of baseball. You can add to that there randomness of unpredictability. And help our players. So little. Is it the way things have to come together so world tour. To win it all the -- such a magical way as we did this year it does change is appealing way. -- you can't expect that every year what what we can't expect every year. Is this field a team that's worthy of the -- support to the trees we come back to all the time. So I will be disciplined and if we're not playing in October next year absolutely. Larry -- the regular season wound down. People look at this baseball team and realized it was something more than they thought it would be or could be back in spring training insert leave and April and may. As September turned into October at least as far as you're concerned did the bar of expectations. Get raised because in September it was well if they can just hang on and get in the playoffs that will be good enough. I -- you know god forbid lost the last two games six and seven -- those expectations not have been met once you got to the World Series. I think that's fair to say I think weekly it was kind of buzz about about a team that developed all along throughout the season and came to the. Fever pitch. At a around the bases the postseason time it was almost like we kind of wave right there right now I'm. And and I think the the fans certainly speak for myself. I did. Realize how important was to get to the World Series. That's that's always the the -- it. Special measurement of achievement getting to World Series. But sure -- would have been terribly this sport I would not -- because as as he played. Our expectations grew and our sense of how historic this might be. Because of the worst to first concept. That was. And it's hard to. They also. When you're at with Werner and Henry in the three you obviously enjoying the moment reveling in the moment the other night and yesterday and tomorrow. How much do you talk about. Next year how much you talk about Jacoby Ellsbury and Stephen Drew and and and Jarrod Saltalamacchia and who's gonna stay who's gonna go on how you do you try to put this all together again next year. Well I mean we we we try to celebrate. Whichever member. There was going to be in the moments celebrate this moment because with all -- -- baseballs very long we now. Or are these moments over. But must balance the futures I would say that on Wednesday Saturday. -- of game six -- -- couple -- meeting that afternoon. That was all clauses lose to the the topic because trees in the players and team chemistry. So if it's important. To then Carrington. Did it -- -- -- extraordinary job this year. And it does he keep especially on the on the issues the development immediately after the World Series -- World Series inclusion as a trigger date certain number. Options and qualifying offers a bunch of things that happened. Quickly there have to. So as much he'd try to stay in the moment and enjoy the moment there at city of responsibility to go to the lord you can and never. It loses track that. I'm sure and -- and you agree that's a -- talked about this before with you that that needs to be there has to be a certain amount of turnover you can't say. We bring in the same. Group back and gonna do it again. How much in general what what is your rule how much turnover indeed does there have to be. And how much will there be with this team. When that we don't have a rule on -- but I I understood the concept you're getting killed every baseball team is he's he is unique it's. You that'll approaches some real baseball team. Year to year. I can't put -- -- -- what I do on the long term development of all the club in the farm system. But it does that there will be inevitably some differences. Next year no doubt free agency by itself secures that but. But. -- I don't like it -- If you precise answers to -- players will help and probably will build. We -- the core of this team you know it's via the core of this team will be here and will be with us we know we have some players and players. -- for a couple of years like that Jonny Gomes and then. And if -- honest. So what we do know that this is the core this game or remain. But it there's absolutely no chance that this that this twenty guys. Who finished in -- of the World Series and these -- important guys start opening day. Here. General question organizationally does the approach does the idea. A signings of may be overpaying a bit but for much shorter years have staying power with the station will you be turning your back on. Sexy big number -- big name free agents as you did so successfully in this past offseason. Bomb I don't want to rule out anything except that there will be a presumption against. Doing any kind of long term to take very long term deals. I think we've. A cross that bridge and we realize that there is they have a better away. To spend money -- free agency. And long term deals about the best way to to build a franchise sort of -- to -- you overtime. So there isn't very strong presumption against -- that we won't rule out any. It'll make its team. The team better. Have you ever seen in all of your years around sport. A transformation. Of a 180 degrees that John Lackey as I suppose the poster child for this productive -- Enjoyed and and and saw happen to him over the last year. Well certainly where it's topped the list. That and I must say it's the number of people in the organization. Who are not entirely surprised. I think John was. I was the victim -- vote over an over reaction was not that was kind of while then. It in an unfair way and it was I think he showed to the world what his teammates -- seen in him for a long time. That's a Bulldog approach a great sense -- keen. Again who really had some ma. Some excellent stuff as a pitcher and and he made that a lot of faith and and that you return and we can't be sure happened during training. Last year he came in -- -- -- -- was -- -- was nobody does he really worked. Where to put himself in the position to succeed. And I I know his teammates always at his back. And it's great that the public at large -- media. Talent he has. I don't know how much doctor Charles is involved in tomorrow's -- bowl festivities. But is there any special moment planned for the finish line on boil some street as the duck boats go by. Well first saw it it's the in the mayor's. Rolling rally. Put on. By the city. Not by the Red Sox. Where of course. Happy two. Two deep -- the big key ingredient that is for the event. But. Started Charleston. There would have from our. Problems well -- both. Was -- as was Tom Moore and young women met with city yesterday. But they were at -- to lessen their plants. And that it will be it is going to be some kind of -- collaboration but I think it would be. Wrong to sort of predict exactly what we're gonna do it was just slipped and let it roll out. Tomorrow and and see what what will come to be besides I don't have pressure from the mayors talked about is very. Let me ask you this have you secured the safety of the T shirts. Prior to the duck boats towards the party. Still mr. -- it was Easter. That did too does Justin was talking about. But. No evidence secured anything yet that our players will be in duck -- that's what I do now. And now we're gonna try to make it a family affair we wanted to lose perspective on Saturday local -- some young people out there will be some gift giving him some. Little trinkets and we passed them all the way that I would wanna see what we're trying to do -- just a give our players. -- -- -- of of recognition he's got to love that by the way. It's is not a chore for them I mean don't Eagles has been talking about this. Greater historical rolling rally. Since that -- he arrived at spring training guys have probably heard the story. But I conversation. Yes with cancer -- okay. And so one step closer to break one -- second that was an -- in March. I have a feel on those two will be competing for the biggest ham tomorrow. Dempster and Gomes look forward to it I assume when you met with the mayor when -- people and his people that there was some discussion about what to do. On -- history what to do at the finish line. Yes and I think it's and that's it. And tell us in the world. Tell us anymore. That really I think there's they have. Some of its still there is still being contemplated. But there's certainly a recognition that. This this year. And the and the marathon bombing were inextricably. Related. And this baseball season and as a matter of tragedy let. But we must be sort of respectful and understand the magnitude. Of the tragedy and that's. The so we don't really have any particular formula that I'm aware of yet but in the agreed upon. But there'll be some. Make it respectful. Recognition of the. Of the victims of the tragedy and so profoundly. Positive effectively -- that that it had on the entire community. Larry I know you already know I feel this way but I would love to auction off at least a beard or to shave for the Jimmy Fund is that possible to have happen -- somebody would be. Big deep pockets drop ten grand on the Jimmy Fund to have their kids videotaped and photograph shaven you know -- -- or. Or nepalese beard -- this happened. We've heard that idea. Not not a -- big donor contributions that the idea of doing something for charity. As important as fielding a team worthy of -- supportive -- farther from the locals was to be active in the community need to be. To participate in a wide variety cherries or slid by the Geneva. So we'll give it some thought that I you know it's a very personal decision some of these players. They like the discussing misses the years and maybe your mind or something very important. That they experience and so I've been there have been no discussions -- -- with. With some with the players yet about that idea but I think it's an obvious -- to sit. I haven't met players cities keep and that's fine what I can just -- and Chris Shays but I think he needs it tremors in the triple currently in the batter's box next year. Larry before you go I know it's the one big question you get the most you will get the most in the next month. Jacoby Ellsbury -- people want him to stay now that he had a good post season and you won the looks like -- -- important part of that core he referred. I just don't understand how would work don't all boards as wait till January and could you wait. Till January to have that resolve them is an important guy at lead -- guys center field that could you wait -- mid late January even February. To get that done. Has he -- timetable. Make your reservations about the Scott Boras clients and there are. The law of flirtation that goes on through free agency process this is accurate. Home we don't have any added we've not put a timetable on we have. Put a goal on the others to get Jacoby to return here on on a -- Contrary it's fair to him there the last. But. -- -- it will be a year. Challenge this policy is not sure what the attractiveness free agency. And the general Boris approach to free agency. That we are eager -- but Jacoby Ellsbury returned to business team. Very quickly before we go you said preparations were already under way for next year what would it possibly done beyond that conversation you had about you know the free agent guys -- what what's in place already. Getting ready for spring training in February Fort Myers. Well there're there are 608 days and so petition to spring training. So warm -- want one of the things we've been focusing on the media. A lot of psychological side of. Our baseball operations department. And -- -- -- is that on going and he is an effort to prevent that as injured her to have the physical side of things. With respect to our medical treatment. Our doctors and our existence. -- -- -- -- That's something that's it's on going apparently. But -- -- because of being in this sort isolated on I didn't mean to suggest that there are regular meetings going on free agency there's a 157. Free agency. There are -- scouts and player evaluated sure out there looking at that dropped to see which of those. People might believe that kind of roll on next year's Johnny Gomes and for example create that we signed it some facilities you know always look at the stars as -- created -- even though the media tend to do that you'll see that the looked at the guys who are. Won't wait countless season -- role but to particularly place evaluation of the cystic free agencies. Players up this is that on -- How symbolic a 108 days until pitchers and catchers report after the season that you -- a 108 games and Greg congratulations -- you know. He ought to receive and when we played a 179. Truthfully. That's illegal well it's just some of the game started I think -- favorites like he does play any given season so little. Well that's -- so hopefully we play a a whole lot more that in 62 next year. We will see what the parade tomorrow Larry Larry looking -- -- Dennis and Callahan on the AT&T outline AT&T the nation's fastest and now most -- forgy LTE network. Hitler to drink a cup. The last time -- have to -- me -- that is right and you have to do that even after retires. Then. Probably do probably -- Americus yes he has yes retires and -- you think you'll have like no power in this -- what he's no longer the mayor you'll -- -- below and to you know of influence from the grave things that. Milton. Actually probably never -- he's not he's not allowed that to happen he's gonna willing to power -- -- it was gonna. Like go off the -- Europe and the lecturer at Harvard and political sign one of those river cruises in Europe and the Rivers -- I think he's just strike is over and. -- -- got a guy. Us 677797937. Giving a 1000 dollars at 9 o'clock we'll bring -- minute hand back and it is a free form Friday. Just stuff is on the table. The Boston movies the raid -- vs -- a hand. Boston vs Buffalo the mayor's speech. From the -- we disagree you you don't think the rest of the country hates us. I think they're certainly is an element you know if you if you -- sports fan. Let's say of the Buffalo Bills did you think you're probably eight. New England for. Obvious reason with the -- -- -- you know mr. mrs. Johnson. In Overland Park, Kansas -- -- -- that -- it's jealousy don't get me wrong question I'd borne out of jealousy they didn't hate us fifteen years ago when he cities a stretch could not come up. -- they mount Rushmore of four Buffalo athlete leaders wouldn't shut up well you can give it to his dry -- when we get back. And and and from this standpoint. From the Boston standpoint it's difficult to come up at the proper for is that not I think we would you leave out you leave out it's it's. Russell. -- Williams. Byrd and breaking a five somebody's got to go -- to pick one from every team get to choose Russell -- yeah. I -- you know how bad it is for Buffalo -- I think. We have Aaron in this week have now topped them even in murder and football plays we were better murderer and football player. -- he might be suspect like Kramer yeah OJ elated to kill two that we're aware and there's only got locked up for stealing his are definitely not -- That's true we're gonna put him away for long time.

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