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Larry Lucchino on Manny throwing out the first pitch 5-29-14

May 29, 2014|

Sox president Larry Luchhino joined the show to discuss the thought process that went into Manny Ramirez throwing out the first pitch.

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The front office report is brought to you by new turf care to -- business solutions and the New Hampshire Motor Speedway. The president NC old Boston Red Sox Larry Lucchino joins us -- the AT&T -- like good morning Larry how are you. Was much debate. And the inner circle about the appropriateness of Matty being honored as to start last night show given his non baseball track record. Ploy it. Practiced future. Recycle analyzing. And indecision about banning all morning Larry yeah. Well not. In -- -- -- first that it was a a great test experience most of the players were here for a two days. There's -- wonderful bit as a before one day it was a bit and like high scoring he had a bit like locker room celebration. And that was that was terrific and mentally -- public of that yesterday. I for one enjoyed. Almost every minute of -- -- when he has two games certainly helped quite a lot of slope. But does as the decision on on many in the there's nobody people who -- -- out the first pitch it's you know -- it was the captain. Curt Schilling is gonna do something extraordinary. Times these days. -- is always enormously popular charismatic. But the the simple fact is that we are our championships. The World Series championship. The 2004. And the MVP in the World Series was better players. So that's why you picked -- -- I think you're right great candidates Pedro Schilling would be one and one B on my list I can't believe a guy who you know clearly quit on the team many times over I only care about himself. Becomes the guy. And the focal point just -- seem bizarre and I said this earlier Charles Steinberg -- into a brilliant job I rarely if ever have that. -- Criticism of their ceremonies but this one Larry put that that was disgrace to let that become a boat this bomb this this this guy. Who manner America who quit on you guys on a number of -- Well I don't sister -- and I respect your opinion -- I just don't. It's he had a choice test that he made among. Several. Candidates who were a fitting or appropriate. And I believe the decisions -- about the World Series. And DP as a as a rational. That the world that's what we're -- the World Series championship and that seems to be. A rational decision. Was was curt. That's what don't usually do go in the -- so I don't tell Steinberg has the best record of anybody ever tell Steinberg and on this whatever hundred times. He's nine and -- and a hundred in my opinion. And I I was occurred he was gonna ask you which Schilling asked because that he decline or was that was he not a consideration or was not asked. I think there are several people understand that in the the planners of the -- considered. -- several ways of doing it from start to finish several possibilities of a huddle and did it was such a and appealing to see those guys out there in uniform. But I think it was it gave really turned on or retired -- and and the performance on the field. Not that it really matters but was the Johnny Damon interception of the first pitch scripted by the organization and Charles or did the idiots come up with that themselves. You know I don't know the -- that I believe it was scripted it. By the organizations. That I don't know I was surprised to see it I didn't know that was and going to be an element of it. Manny coming out of the out of the green monster. To -- -- -- -- Manny. Is pitch cut off. By Johnny Damon I was say yes it was a -- moment. Q do you think is going to be a point Larry where. Lackey wants to renegotiate the steely look at -- his best pitcher on the team man he's been the best pitcher on the team since last September October at some point is he gonna say. I can't make this much money I have to make this much money going forward. Well I don't know I. You know you'd have to speak to is is represented this if they're considering. That. I'd rather talk about his performance and how extraordinary it has -- he was a. Suppose both are roundly criticized at one point in his career. But we always knew what he gamer he was in quality. What what talent he had and he is among the most. The best -- than most respected guys in that clubhouse that may surprise some fans to hear that -- But. That is that is indeed the case. Yeah I think it was an informal poll taken. A lot of those is that guy as a team most likely to pick up the check Miller probably Q there are there it's job Lackey. So we I always feel elections has confidence when his slack he's -- irritation. Larry what is life like inside the walls and what is the conversation tone and tenor like winning six game losing streak goes to eight in an eight game losing streak goes ten. Well. Couple things happened one is we our fans first you or does because are highly competitive people. And we want to win -- if -- say yes. Pick up basketball game or the office softball game whatever it is we we are competitive people we do want -- win. So we take it pretty pretty very very much the hard -- But we're also are people who have been in the baseball game for a long time and we understand that does maintaining some equilibrium. He is awfully important. So this and the union Yankee go back and forth to say you know this is not the time to let. To panic sort of pro -- to show any panic you've got to kind of roll so it is just part of this -- Damn unpredictable game that we as we work and but that is human beings we we suffer I thought -- yes. I was really very. It down very. This -- For the latter part of that streak that I tried to two of them recognize that there there are these. Does volatility to the game of baseball and you've got to recognize that lives through it it's. And in the so we've done that I did take some consolation in the fact that. Over the won the World Series in 1983. And -- early years of cigarettes so that was the -- Baltimore Orioles. We had 27 game losing streak. During the course of that. Of that season yet we were able to coupled together when the World Series. So you know this stuff is going to happen Berkshire virtually every season this is this as bad as this is this is there really don't streak. Hey you know Larry I was very encouraged this year when you guys decided to take my advice and play the kids and give them a chance not -- down on the farm until there. Old and gray it hasn't exactly worked out as I had planned. Not quite perfectly Jackie Bradley at the plate all dressed in the field middle Brooks all around has it changed the philosophy at all about the rushing guys to the big leagues. Well. He premise to conclusion there if you assume that we are rushing people. I don't think we have we were resting people we certainly hope for. A faster explanations to the big leagues and more consistent performance. From some of the younger guys but if you like Jackie Bradley -- LSU games. He seems to it is probably a the father stroke do two they they contributions couple it's the last couple games. -- to -- which is always is Jordan watched I don't think he's -- -- -- -- There's so. No on -- -- probably costing you a little bit to dispute yourself for the inevitable. Problems that little. Develop what -- and people are are progressing through the system. But I still believe. That baseball as a game for young people for young players and -- we should definitely the younger people. As as much as possible and as soon as possible us particularly troops. Given the era that we just comes through work. A players are able to play longer deeper in this -- Because of the amphetamines and and for some. Percent of players. The -- but it was a clean game there there has. Dealt a -- crusade to brag about I think the young players are are are essential to success. Butler realistic about -- friends on us and invite them join us on the FM side 93 point seven as a conversation with you continues Larry real quick read our rob Bradford this retirement Jon Lester. He said some players are frustrated how. Lol let's just first off force at seventy million aces in reference Napoli -- some players truck sitting upset with the Ellsbury offer. Has an offer change its star spring training have negotiations continued with Lester. And you know we got we all time to discuss negotiations on the on the radio. No matter how reasonable your question. They seem I think it's mistake to visit to discuss assessed a lot of -- negotiations. And it is a mistake they get the fixated on. Opening offer. What do they don't even get the talk during the season. Aram are. That he talks -- SARS free trade. -- yeah. Larry -- the chain of events that led to the reconsideration. Of reaching out to Stephen Drew in the second part of that question -- and we're going to Saban and ask anyway. Is there a possibility. That a an -- A buyer's remorse exist and how much that's because of the ten game losing streak maybe because the three game winning streak might indicate you turn around and maybe don't need him. Well. There's been a lot of analysis of the it. Decision regarding he would -- always back to last fall and we offered him. Fourteen point one million dollars to qualifying offers standard. Two. Two plays for us for four this year. In by doing so we are entitled to first or just drastic. From. If you -- about a close. -- so there's been a lot of discussion about it it became clear -- and I think anybody expected this Scott Boras over. Or Stephen Drew more or anybody in our organization expected did does. He -- do this is gonna play out as -- this played out. But. What we saw a it's kind of -- unless -- field. Developed. -- we we had some injuries to two -- Brooks. When we. Looked at the probability of us getting it drastic. According to the system. I'll leave the -- probable we've really reassessed but I hope he's -- does. You'd teams should reassess and when the -- changes change pressure. Your -- -- position should change the fact they change. And and he remains enormously. Popular guy among his team just because he's. Good guys because he'd played say. A very challenging position. Very well in the -- so we saw that as a way to get better without losing young prospect. Because they'll be other ways to get better. Going forward. To -- sure most of that -- the ball was serious expenditure. Prospects and talent. And Larry upon his arrival one of your young prospects I assume has to go to third base meaning Zander Bogart's and then when will middle Brooks gets healthy one of him. Well I don't know those who does. Questions that John Farrell well we'll have to address I think you'll see some of flexibility. There are a couple of -- with respect to left handed pitching. And and I -- I think they'll be away four. For this. The left side to get stronger get better and and chill a little more versatility. I think you made the the and playing going to church -- Against. Tough lefties. And what was sealed downplays it -- We need. When we need solid defense. Up the middle of a team. And we need. The the offense. That's both Willie and -- Cabrera. They won one last question my last night Larry we surprised. Schilling showed up did you talk to him and what do you have to say how's he doing. Well he wasn't there except right before the game. So I didn't get to see them. But I was so pleased that he is that he was there at least -- -- video from a bunch of people in the in the front office some -- teammates. To just wish him well. This is that we -- to go and. And like seeing him. I certainly felt. Felt better I felt -- I was so. And it is images that perhaps he was. In. In a more. More more painful and difficult are part of the process. But does he looked to be looked well. He is out there was -- on his teammates embraced and that -- David Ortiz gave one lasted about an inning and a half. And I thought it was just. It was a it was a very nice a nice moment for this team and for. Good catch up they'll Larry thanks for the time all right you're Latino -- Dennis and Callahan on the AT&T outline and minicamp to the front office report is brought you by -- turf care to shoot a business solutions. And the New Hampshire Motor Speedway. He sort -- made our point in the first question when he said a lot of great candidate to throw the first pitch on the stage and -- all the chilling and and Pedro Rex. I always like making a point you got another option. Not only that the -- -- -- introduced from last to let him come out of the wall mean they made it about Manny and I and it escapes me why you would wanna do that when you have. These other guys and -- the whole things was to be like team aren't they supposed to be in elected. 01 Patriots. Altogether and for all -- until it -- point five balls of Bellamy and some guy can throw the first pitch. And who would you pick. Actually a picture and as -- well I think Schilling's the most important member that. And I think Pedro chilling aren't the -- -- anyone but Schilling was better year. But he pushed it a bloody sock and all that's a bloody -- in pencil and if you if you gonna goof around yet and he was in the group I'm -- -- -- Bryant but she could come -- with a bloody sock and all that the Damon thing didn't work -- I don't know him credit for trying and he's in and the likes to be an Indian. You guys -- laughed at you know -- -- laugh a lot like a minute left a lot less now and but I think if if Schilling declined to give to Pedro would have us. Are we get back for the final -- Dennis and Callahan we are running late Tony from Bridgewater has called back we have guys that will be good. And if you enjoy the following experience you want gonna -- Comerica this fourth and final hour take a bunch of Mountain -- And put like two cups of sugar in it and then drink it all down on your mouth you liked that feeling we got something for you when you come back.

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