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Larry Lucchino on the Sox first month 5-1-14

May 1, 2014|

Red Sox President Larry Lucchino joined the show to discuss the teams first month of the season.

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Our front office report is brought you -- and -- own turf care and to -- business -- joining us on the AT&T -- the president and CEO. Boston Red Sox Larry Lucchino good morning Larry morning and I sense he has caught the game. Because of rain either early or late or not at all all three of those puts the Red Sox in a no win situation as you can imagine today's theme is eight. I bought four tickets from my wife and two kids from last night and we are under available for a day game today. Yeah I understand that is the problem they did the rain is obviously something we can't. Control. There's never a really good solution. We we simply tried to the schedule as close -- the game as possible so maybe -- people who come from. Longer distance like it was state I'd be able to. The particulates sentiment that it's 888 say it's an unsatisfied situation and I look at. I'm gonna ask you about why the day night double -- having John pearl addressed at the 37 days and 37 games but I am gonna ask you this this sort of been my crusade maybe you can explain it to be because nobody else fast does the schedule maker for Major League Baseball take into account. That it might be better for northern teams when possible. The place southern teams in April and that instead of as an example the rays being here now. The Red Sox would be in Tampa and then at the end of may temple would be here in Boston do they try to do that Larry. He's -- answers they say they try. -- my experiences -- and insufficient effort. I think that there there was that one time and effort to have that warm weather. And home. Schedule so that teams with warm weather sites or don't facilities. Had every year all schedules in the month of April. And it they apparently didn't work out particularly well that year there was a lot of what Ottawa -- bad weather in May. And in April what and so bad and we. Seem to -- -- -- that. Scheduled behind that schedule bias behind us. Both probably shouldn't continued. Again -- about but I do think they try to take into consideration. I just think that they should be a a larger presumption in favor of that kind of warm weather scheduling. I don't know why can't just built a nice ballpark put the rays have down there and -- sure you're. A big Michael Vick appeared -- big of the rays they apparently. Aren't happy with this double -- do you check with them at all -- -- you don't have to but the run it by them before you. Yeah yeah we we have it. A little organization we go to arrange for rest of the brain trust the during trust and their 45 or less. Who work conferred which are private weather service to confer with Major League Baseball. Who've talked to the to get opposing team and yes there was that was -- plenty of dialogue event that took place yesterday. But apparently they had a preference for a game in late September. But it does develop that as we been able over the last. Twelve years to get every. Game and we've been able to play 81 home games. Which is quite remarkably and they because of the weather we have here would that ever played -- -- games every year. In part because of their their interest in the way we've been able to. Rescheduled games today and -- gay games in the that we had. Waited until late September. And had that rain again and at that point. It does say -- Bob much more. Likely probability that we would miss a game or two. And they matter in the standings and and of course there's substantial. Financial ramifications well so our policy of. And I prefer practices to try to get demand. Sooner rather than later. -- -- we were just the talking about the story in business week about John Henry about you guys as a franchise. And I I when that read I thought that John might have bought the businessweek's. But yeah. It's so rare it is I would say it was pretty -- that -- while we were reluctant to be snapped up business week. I now know what has surprised in this story and has been a lot of surprised no one thought you guys. Would still be here going strong the preview it together twelve years in you might -- in particular has gone vacations together. With the wives just like to the Caribbean and hang out should -- public it's what you LEI mean the idea what it. That is pretty amazing that he has made did you think you guys wouldn't soft as you can like curl up together he just got thrown together. Oh yeah. I did and I I knew Tom Warner. Ever doubted that in baseball has -- 1990. And would probably say -- A partner of ours it's the San Diego Padres he's still the team to. Do our our group and that's. And and stayed on as they have -- minority partner. There's just love for baseball. And now -- so I would I would I'd worked with Tom and I got the -- John had pretty well since he came into baseball and right after the 1998 season. In them. We -- at the same league together and since so many issues with but he was essential baseball. And so I was a lot of -- each of them and I remember -- reassuring. John when he was considering joining up with our group. About how long -- oil wells Ian Tom we'd get along and -- I underestimated that they are. The very very. Had good friends that eureka. Productive colleagues. -- -- data together we basically have a pretty good pretty structure. But take -- got from this business week story -- is there's no way you guys resigning last year when I when I see Henry talk about how to use the money they look at minor league guys don't spend big money on guys like Ellsbury. It talks was -- in a bidding wars there is no way you guys are gonna give Jon Lester 140 million dollars. -- -- you -- free of course to infer whatever you want I don't think that was in the story. And while we hope to -- job and we really do put -- -- this time Garnett they get. And it it -- year deal that's it's fair and reasonable and one that you aren't acceptable. Oh we want to we want aside and make no mistake about that. Larry 82 part uncomfortable questions and this thing where I'm sure you watched. With great interest as the entire nation did the NBA's nightmare play itself out on national but international stage of last a week or so. Part one. Is there are a mechanism in place for Major League Baseball you faced similar thing happened. And the second thing is do you think Daniel Snyder should be forced to change the name of this football team in Washington. Well I think one of the time they're -- I haven't studied the MLB constitution. On this particular point but we all signed up plenty for the constitution this is a private. Organization and we signed -- -- to and rules and bylaws it's that are. My understanding is that there is there are. Several. Up opportunities for the forced -- club or the ouster. Of an owner that hasn't happened. That I as far as I know of but the most every private organizations. That I know BA it be -- club birdie. Professional sports organization or whatever. As some mechanisms -- enforcing standards for a. Analyzing misbehavior. And those those go as far as disqualification. So yes and with respect to that doubt certainly -- remember that does the sale that is being forced. Is not a confiscation -- that. I -- Wendell and that team is sold. He world. Benefit from the media from the proceeds from the. Did you ever meet -- deal them. I did have some conversation. Which then once many many years ago I got San Diego he had San Diego roots. And at one point he he called to see if we had an interest in. Selling the the Padres -- him and and we ask -- -- -- an interest and so and the Clippers so. You do it didn't get hurt or Daniel Snyder should be forced to sell ourselves to change the name of the Redskins. Well that's that that's city far more difficult questions in this deplorable comments -- firm to firm. -- -- -- -- That is a the had a history is there it's access even with the Redskins. And I know how proud. That history and heritage is and -- franchise it goes back to. Nineteen 37. And but I do think on balance that the issue has sustained itself for. Thirty or forty years this is not from. Some politically incorrect. Minority out there I'm talking about about this this -- an issue that sustains itself over thirty or forty. Forty years now and there's a real club. Disdain for the name on the part of native Americans -- and so I understand and so -- By my persevere and not speak for other -- but a personal view is because the issue is sustain itself for so long period of time and his. I was deeply personal -- that I would favour if it's anybody asks me from my AM by my preference I would suggest that he had. The name changed to -- A more acceptable. Variation on that. You go collectible Washington cherry blossoms on the like that for the -- They're -- and there's some way to maintain yeah. The American Indian. Heritage and which they -- the name that is so more acceptable. That would be a good start. To Larry 90% of the of the native Americans polled. Don't care don't find that offensive now maybe you think 10% is too large of a number but it is overwhelmingly OK with native Americans. I've not heard it. That's the first time I've heard that number I have I have I have read it and and I heard more. Strident comments about the name. Questions they strike -- more -- more forceful comments about the object the objective. The acceptable majors and it. There's a ball you at all that Tom -- still wandered in some special with yawkey way and stuff like that given his history. Struggled. No it doesn't -- be given the. The positive contributions. The Tom McGinnis like gene made it over the years I do you know that there is -- I'm fortunate undeniable. Were racial history. Associated with say it -- a Red Sox -- rightly or wrongly. But I do think that he the Iraqis psychology he shouldn't continuing as it is that the dusty -- Saturday and Farber. And India -- keep building it -- That I think they get positive social throughout the contributions they made. Are worthy of some some sort of recognition. What is your private weather forecasts say about 110 this afternoon at Fenway. It's experiences. And this is so effective that we considered just -- -- -- supposed to -- everything that -- it dead into the morning drive time. That is supposed to dry out didn't get considerably warmer it is considerable. Talk about degrees warmer and the city can't sort of -- Isolated showers somewhere let's open not isolated over Fenway but we're optimistic we'll get two games it and much warmer weather today. What to deal with a Bobble heads. They will be distributed at as one of five games last night stable they wanna find those tickets of the today. And the bobbled will go a lot of down had a lot of shots. They're gonna it's gonna rely -- people who can't though it's really got to make the people can't get in near this morning and let tickets last night even after -- but. Nothing -- I don't. Find a way to get demolished those people who can't make it. Are right -- looking election the conversational talk did on the road. Larry looking a presidency over Boston Red Sox the profit report has brought you by noon turf care and she -- business solutions to Larry Lucchino called. -- -- Who is the embattled owner of the -- -- of the LA Clippers. And I asked him if you want to sell the team to all of that was a long time ago and you look at that Korea -- -- think about history would have changed. Larry Lucchino would have -- the owner that we've -- his rolled down. I -- this kid so that's strange Larry Lucchino would have been sitting courtside with V with girls. And Larry Lucchino would have been -- depositions given to -- We've got a read from a deposition that Larry is a connection he's got that -- league thing that -- guys around him yet he knows everyone in every sport from every city in its. It's pretty amazed we will and that part of a conversation with this -- -- from the 413 I worked on an Indian reservation for five years. And the most popular team of the tribal members. Was the Redskins by far redskins' gear all over the -- place hats coats and license plates as well for the final hour Dennis and Callahan I assume -- and is already -- if you haven't. We invite to join us on the FM -- 93 point seven. -- AKA. Los Angeles Clippers. In the disgraced owner. Just can't keep as my -- even please under oath. Now and it's not ashamed and all that kind of degenerating here because he's he's in where he's got a problem yet witty here this.

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