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Red Sox President Larry Lucchino with Mustard and Johnson

Dec 14, 2013|

Mustard and Johnson get a chance to catch up with Red Sox President Larry Lucchino to discuss the improbably World Series run, and what the team plans to do in the off-season.

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Austin Johnson Sports Radio WEEI. Christmas and then way for the second straight year at the royal -- his club and as we've been saying. All morning what a difference 365. Days make. Last year we where I'm sitting here with the Larry Lucchino alive wondering what happened to the last place Boston Red Sox in 2012. In here we are mr. Lucchino your World Series champions. Once again hard to believe I'm. Yeah well it is that we said we had some time does this celebrated let it -- it. And it's it's been a wonderful feeling not just for those who vote for the Red Sox but of course Carl -- All our fans I think this one was particularly sweet there all week. But -- what was particularly -- because of the were the first element out of the way. He the year unfolded at the that we Howell and they and the team upon it and 80. Be eighth in the weight it was a bigger than what it what would it. You Larry remission over here it's like not having new year is like Santa Claus for about a monster as Uga thank you thank you say yeah but still. Then -- get it conflicts are unavoidable conferences there's assistant with who later this year than it -- -- and -- years. And I got a conflict but I'm happy if we can carry on one condition. Talking to Muster again our you know you get -- -- more thoughtful and certainly the most civilized but still on the radio side -- -- carry that tradition you know full. Hey Larry what have you learned over the last two years now last year you we -- you put a newspaper ultimately. I think we're going to well but. Now are you were on top again now you can -- -- you're right you guys did an incredible job but you personally. What have you learned over the last couple years going down and then coming back up. I don't think we have enough time to tell you all that I wanted to not the uncertainty over -- -- -- -- 25 years. And I am always learning because the game is. Enormously challenging and unpredictable the the demands are are are substantial. I'm always learning I'm one of things I learned it is that it's the Oakley chase it that you can go from worst to respectable. Pretty you know more easily and you can go from a respectable winning we went from worst. It right over respectable of them to -- winning the World Series so that's just one. Single an illustration of the fact that you marks remain humble and see the game is very hard to two. It's very hard and well organized sport. -- I can serve right off things. Individually in the -- like each step that I learned that a long time ago but I learned that again. And we had to wait an injury that he had been in eleven and twelve we needed to prepare -- for error for the -- -- -- are we released so. About your recruitment and where you know it's funny it -- I was talking to a go ahead where I'm sorry no not good. We were talking to C -- earlier Sam Kennedy. And you know we are talking about the route that you guys have the three years about a playoff appearance and -- -- on. 20091. Round exit. And -- you know people were saying you know maybe -- Henry Lucchino and Werner. So little they lost their fastballs so to speak that they they forgot. -- out of the game of effectiveness donors and you know that maybe this ownership wasn't long for Boston it was -- -- Get out of dodge before it was too late. Well we never felt that way. And we were frustrated and our inability goes deep in October that's for sure. But our commitment to -- it is Israel and long term I've been silica and I think that for twelve years outskirts theorized. And now. I will repeat itself once again. Because they both. I know that the cliche everyone in America than that they their town has the best friend and then at their -- baseball as in America. Well we can prove it in in -- History supports the passion intelligence -- yet. He's. Sellout streak -- it. Number of people opt for the parade it's just amateur baseball and grew up than New England this city is flirting. It's pretty certain it's a remarkable promises that it is popular here and where -- once -- has gone on -- way. You know a guy that I normally like can defend. Next with my conservative -- over here the law are are made a comment. Not what was despicable really and I like bill he said that he thought it was a cheap -- last year. Wore the Red Sox to go to the finish line marathon with the trophy down. I thought he was you know he is -- just despicable way egregiously wrong that -- did you hear that what was your reaction to. I I'm actually. Adam don't martz as well ordinarily and he is that he piece of guys who know him a little piece of Auburn's New York Mets at the right he does yup. Yeah so I was. Right figured that I the fact he wasn't here. He didn't. What here and an entry. He was in here. -- experienced but to go experience. And the connection and -- bond that. It came down. -- -- And I as is possible I will grant him that it is possible to exploit tragedy. Some things that. -- work it sure realize. That's not what happened here and you know we were. Mindful. Of that danger but if you were here in this amount. You felt how we -- all affected some by the by the threat Tito Ortiz. The maturity of our team. Allowed itself to. -- emphasize. With the the victims him celebrate its first responders. And I think he was just way way off base. -- about asking you to comment on how other teams do business. But you think you guys are finally getting it in terms of he's long term contracts are in investing more in your own farm system and bringing up kids in signing people are reasonable length contracts. It. Don't hurt you know actually the last thing -- -- yeah I'll go my I was a little bit. But that's when you can go on with. It's as simple as that we that we do it that among the things we have learned it and oh by the way that you -- in baseball. Then Barry and not eternal Verity. Last that he just sometimes. On the market is different sometimes the conditions and circumstances your team and are different. And you cannot apply this same simple. Rolls all the time it ended the season we have -- session. -- the recent years or you know. -- it's reminiscent of morning your -- MSNBC. There it's what have we learned today and I are in our -- It's done or what have we learned this year where we learned that he. And and the year there are adjustments you have to make -- along the way. And and Wendy you went long term contracts become any athletic on the industry. I'm certainly that period we're there in votes and or this necessary -- can Muster. Adjust and then that one of the changes that. We get me. But we in recent years that we have not eliminated about quality of long term contract partly. Maybe circumstance where it's appropriate I eat just the Victoria. Gives me an eight year extension. Right well I'm looking -- your paper well John Henry's paper the Boston Globe. And right and above the fault there's a picture of Jacoby Ellsbury with Joseph Girardi will ignore that for second. Obstacle left above the fold this story and David Ortiz these guys who golf tournament and again. And he's interest in one year extension. It would take him through the 2015. Season care to comment on that at all. Juan gladiators. We we would like to have him not play either in his career as a Red Sox I think David feels he can hit. It's really fit your sixty. But there will be some at some point. The reality he's an aging we'll we'll we'll catch up but I am glad he's he's get a -- strong anchored the man with the club. I'm going forward that will make the NF negotiation process will never occurred as a police here. Larry I'm sure you don't wanna go into that depth regarding that matter of strictly on the radio however. When you evaluate. Players who are coming up for new deals. Aside from their ability on the field do you take into account the contributions. And I remember him going in the dugout during the series and galvanizing the team and everything and he's obviously just one of the faces along with Pretoria is that under consideration as well when you evaluating I. -- to a certain player that is absolutely. That leadership. How much they represented the franchise. -- you well over the course of their career. And stated as all those things so important he has. He is leader the only great sense of humor. And a big heart. Good job and Boston's. Coherent all of those. Our all our our factors that -- you don't you let someone like you that are easier dust -- others say again. That's good dimension you've got to. Well it's interesting you look at a Mike Napoli who is willing to play two more years so rumors were that there -- other team's interest in -- old team. The Rangers people wanna play. For this organization for this manager for this owners ownership group. On the other hand Jacoby Ellsbury decide to take the money go to the quote evil empire. How much did the Red Sox try to keep Jacoby Ellsbury here. We made India off -- make it very strong and efforts to -- to keep. Jacoby and -- but I must temper that by saying it was always. Concern. That does this free agency what the path he. He hurt. And it was different certainly got different motivations different. Values different connections. That are that they count. So -- not make any judgments about it so we all know -- was a hell of a baseball player when he played for us to help us win a couple of World Series championships. He was terrific. Person's personality. And and we will miss him but. I'll -- that happened. That is a part of the business -- They smoke and particularly when you're agent is that or. Do you view. Testing the free agent waters and and and we -- -- Pure is probably. Pretty damn high. Does that -- again you you mentioned his name already but. If a players signed with him -- the younger playable -- coming up off whenever. Signs with him do you -- here in the back yeah -- no you know they hand that you're going to be dealt. Because of the way he's done things in the past. Precautions that of those things are gonna go a certain way but nothing more than -- him because with them and -- players different than some guys are. More in control this hearing will. Is to be their agents that other guys are but there's a presumption. At least he. But check on the free agent market and the possibility. Of Haitians. Use it as. They -- as this last question do you think President Obama will be obligated -- when Ian. When we shall we are with him after that situation over the Mandela funeral. Oh come on -- par right. Most. We just got to open up a five minute the ball. -- you just have to -- them at the -- -- -- criticizing him. They're so I am a Democrat. And I have no comment that but I will have a comment on Christmas and then what is going on. My. -- it. You're doing awfully well not present not the same without you know. Really not although the think either when you quarters and won here. Activities going on there. So -- then you don't do it like that and getting this service. It written in their efforts if it is and then. Also phone numbers and I do shameless plug or she got it written about 9866. -- that's not -- when it Colin. And now and it was you know actually that where happy. You go around them and I think this -- in these last it was a much fun. As. In. On the baseball and they. So. Close over that this year so. I'm on board and we need. Obviously you've seen the dvd. -- how spectacular is that. It's quite it's quite something it has I thought that the heart if you -- Capture this season but this is it easier more than just. What happens in this game what happened on that night. It's a lot of in depth personality. Assessment. And that a lot of us feel behind the scenes stuff that. Played this year so special also. And I think that's where we are determined by the way do. In 2004 I don't know of beating our chests so we know out -- -- play -- we -- determined. I had to work from the very first day regarding your particular team. Give our fans to you that we're here to support. That doesn't mean. If I am not happy -- yours that means trying to win again and -- It is as pencil away as possible and -- in the whole baseball operations. Working at -- you are accurate that. All right Larry we'll have a happy holidays are who you were down here we'll catch you next time. Okay. His -- but I put my best TO wife and also be a dark Fenway. It. Is more -- I don't. The ball version of put -- newspaper. I'm you know joining us on the telephone we're alive from the royal blues club Fenway Park. Yes its another Christmas -- the way we -- -- Johnson. On Sports Radio WB yeah.

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