Jun 13, 2014|
Red Sox President and CEO Larry Lucchino joined the show on the state of the Sox.
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The front office report is brought -- you by new turf care to -- business solutions and the New Hampshire Motor Speedway. Presidency all the Boston Red Sox Larry Lucchino joins us on the AT&T -- good morning mr. Lucchino how are you. At. DePaul yes it just finally that last. Com I think I know you'll -- discussing this because you are perhaps what most competitive people I've ever met. But -- is there a formula Larry. Horry set of cops that ownership and baseball operations people apply to determine whether they wanna be buyers or sellers in July. Sure answers no and those specific. Formula every year's different every year is it different configuration of teams. Ahead of you were behind you and so does so form of the Thursday. An -- thing the eyeball test of realism that realistic assessment dismayed that but made it at this point and there. 96 games left in the season it's made them. Generally much later and in our case it's almost always. They did there late July got an agent. -- if late July rolls around and you're still sort of you know one step forward two steps back two steps were one step back who in the gang of four will be the last man coaxed off the island. I've been a few. I'm not Jerry candidates and that I -- I don't know the answer to that I think that there. The did the whole group is intensely. Competitive sport competitive in two ways we want to win. Short term and be in contention. Every year and we also want to build the idea. The next great red sex scene has been injured and puts it and there are so there is a balance because on and I don't. Kevin is saying is that who's gonna take you know what what position there's just that there is your right to say. There's -- competitiveness about. John Henry. -- -- Bench Harrington. Myself and still baseball operations like in the many people gravitate to it. To -- sports -- as a way to make a living because they are competitive and -- the contest quality aspect of baseball. Well no one wants to give up on a season it's not a good feel on its not a good look. How much of a factor Larry would be. The the -- in the audience the crowd of people and there that the feeling that you're given up on them given up on a year. No I think I think you guys are perhaps more fixated on. On medicine and fitness and radio. Favorite mr. rankings -- ratings -- should say. -- more so than I am. It's you know we have a very loyal and passionate fan base. And they also make their own assessments. So it went back in the world make make a decisions about this game. Because we think and they any increase in ratings but I -- did have some points or something like. It's. The -- we -- or not I'm unaware of it so we've always been among the league leaders in. And -- for our telecast that -- that's not a drug enforcement. You know Shaughnessy wrote a couple of days -- a TV the in the last week and -- a couple of days ago Larry did you were behind the Stephen -- this -- a Lucchino operation. All the way is that accurate we -- the guy behind brings Stephen Drew here. Mister Manning and can read this article I did I like Chauncey hold on I'm not a future. Yeah it does preferences if you read the article the article. Quite clearly that he hears the -- stuff is that we're hearing on talk radio. About it and see in drew. No matter -- solace. It's exactly would it not true I did everything that's not true. -- -- You're saying it's not sure ought to be contentious with -- He did leave the he'd probably -- -- about it that they that this Stephen Drew is a goal by the talk radio. Furyk had just things that are being said. We did say that but he also said that that you that you were if not. The driving force the advocate for Stephen Drew you said both things Larry in at least. Well he didn't he. And you had a lot of group which he would -- that you can read it read that he speculate that. But that's not the case certain process that works and that's. And the once again and so it is whoever. Wrote -- said that on talk radio it was misguided. Terry Francona return yesterday it was on WEEI Sports Radio your name came up the end of the relationship with ownership came up here is Terry had to say. Larry's funny Larry I think likes a fight I am but saying that you wake up the next day he forgets it. And I gotta respect that and always have from the other two guys -- really haven't spoken to. And don't -- fire ever well. We all make mistakes. And I certainly did and going to last September when we played as bad as we did. As a manager you need to be hold accountable for that. I think I was wide open for criticism because of the way we played. I just didn't appreciate somebody when other ways to hurt me. That I was working. Do you like to fight and are you OK the next day Larry. Home I had you know I just felt like a distant cardiologist. Coherent most of that until saint. But does do it -- -- so would you like to fight. He said Larry likes a good fight me he's OK with that the next base or gets it out of the system and move onto the next I -- Think that there is a the paper it's part of baseball they say. Dialect Dickey got to have people load. To beat each other over things because there's no. Science to it there's no certainty to attack. And so. Started I do and that's the part and parcel of the game important Parcells these jokes those of us in the front office. And so I would say that so that's -- We all know now that though obviously the Stephen Drew movement is a mistake and it's not working out but I guess the explanation. From your perspective and I understand it would be things have changed right when -- when you made that deal when you made that decision. There was a whole different. Environment and is now correct Larry. I think you've got to protect I think you that are a little slower just a little bit scale and it makes it that. We needle wait and he'd do exactly -- -- -- -- contributions. True makes I think it was a rational. Decisions when it was what it was made circumstances. Where where were such that we need to improve this team. And one thing we didn't want to do was improve the team and lose. Talent prospects and minor league system this point that. So the idea of paying money rather than paying -- prospects. Was appealing to us. And I think. Will just have to oh wait and see if if he makes it could take education and extended their country camps. But we -- you know your problem is offense obviously scored runs and of this historically bad outfield at least offensively. And you bring in a light hitting shortstop it really doesn't seem to make sense is that is that it's hindsight. Second guessing. I think so -- I think there was a middle Brooke's injury there's a problem with. How to loan -- -- the end of the infield and as a result on certain days it was a a desire to make this team better by whatever means possible. So and by the way -- to -- church that is. Not the way I would characterize him he's solid defense -- that the east Tennessee is -- But it's it's -- to our kid. A look at the Shaughnessy you'd think at the -- you're right I was I was I think I'm wrong that's all I apologize I I I regret I I've I'm a fond lime rock same. And that was a really late overrule by Dan talked about it talked today about that later. But I know that Peter Gammons said is said on the air here any tweet get out. That the media manipulated. The Red Sox in the signing drew him in the -- the only group that that. I just killed -- at I'm I didn't see the original comment but I such in the comments about it afterwards. I'm baffled by that time. I don't. I don't know that's the menace of a lot of stuff going on -- on -- -- unaware of I don't remember a lot of the media manipulation and media have to concede it was a it was a oh lead in the media and support and after happened that. But it doesn't I -- we didn't feel at least I did feel a lot of immediate pressure. On that issue that we expected anything it seemed like it'd been. Resolved in and put away. Was the protracted discussion about the acquisition. Was very large percentage of that discussion that dealt with what will this do to Bogart's if we take him from shortstop and put him at third base. There was certainly discussion. About that subject the tickets. It immensely talented. Yeah and player who played third base while we won the World Series championship. Last year. So with and he certainly is. Perceived by us to be the shortstop of the future that weather played shortstop were placed third base this guy's gonna have very career. Right here in Boston we're excited. But never -- this is not about -- giving up on. That on -- to be sure. So Larry you would anticipate to Bogart's will be your opening day starting shortstop next April. -- -- Yes -- me right now that I don't think that's probably a fair -- assumption. Would you think Jon Lester and your opening day starting pitcher and. I certainly hope but do you think I'd bet I wanna do and I'm an actor -- Negotiate to waste Jon Lester over the radio that -- before we want him back we -- -- what a lovely guy he's been. Part of my whole experience here with -- residents just -- our excitement over signing him. Oh we've had when we drafted him out of out of high school. Solo. I hope we can -- keep it from a great. We did say a couple weeks he did say you've talked to him this year would you say it's -- -- negotiations have continued during the season. Again played the same kind of -- -- it -- No comment. All on all Arnold and it's just. I don't create day you know -- it. Expectations are a lot of collateral. Debate discussion. You know by a -- Larry I say John Lackey -- -- we love you but your pitching for a half a million bucks because. We paid you fifteen or sixteen million to sit out for a year and and you know that was part of the deal you sat -- because you got hurt now you're gonna play for a half a million bucks. We would you would you up you plan on doing that coming due to -- -- -- -- I don't it. Did you Kelly and with it would take that position that sounds like -- Right. Great angle. Reaction. Sounds like -- you would do to -- kind of a. It really depends on murdered these these circumstances. John Lackey has been a tremendous. Contributed to this team. This year and and -- stop and we love having him here and would like to have him here. For a longer period of time. So we will see when the time comes to negotiate. Whether they should be a just that playing out of the contract where they should be reading association we're world it was an extension we're open to. To a variety of a possibility. And he mentioned perhaps in -- go to Japan that's probably just. I'm negotiating right there wouldn't say. Idea that if I ever heard that comment that I'm not sure that's. A viable possibility that. We -- we want to keep John Lackey we that we would do related to wait. It's significant contribution you make it to this team he was. Closely aligns us couple years ago and it is in the media. But I think his teammates and he has demonstrated what -- important cause he -- well. A lot to -- good or goodbye right now but use that falsely maligned which circles suspected Terry. What is your overall view of how Terry Francona was treated by this organization on his way out of town and by the media in particular ball will appease. Yeah well there's so many questions there and I don't wanna go. Backwards. And and relive. -- Episode in the gym and the book it does this followed -- but I think that. You know I have. I have -- in my mind and has. Don't feel like the city needs to dissected and and in reexamined this right now. And heck of a year and a heck of a year last year with that team and that team -- Strong team making me did this year so now I did see him as a as a manager an opposing team presidency -- Threat to us do -- -- and. Or -- -- you could -- was he said I know when I came here last year Larry went out of his way to say hello with sounds like you and Tito are good are okay. Yeah I I feel fine about. Of about. Pete I didn't see initiative. Open road credit -- over the course of the week and and a little but that's that's by the as far as you know. Larry Lucchino thanks the -- appreciate it you are right our conversation and Larry Lucchino the front office report is brought you by noon turf care the -- business solutions. And the New Hampshire Motor Speedway and as always he joins us. On the AT&T. Got -- them and and what did Johnson say and he's just screw ups overtly wish I was in short it was Steve interest talk radio gold that he puts sort of a bunch of theories out there work Agassi where Larry thinks about where am I would think that. These are different theories being espoused about -- on talk radio one of them being that I'll be telling us for summer that can read to me either what what -- don't read it for me and Internet and slowed the evidence can find. It highlighted words. Okay the quiet polite Red Sox shortstop is the most controversial guy on the team. With the SS John Henry sinking slowly in the American League east Stephen Drew. Is sports talk radio gold. Stephen -- Thought doc thought the new cooler dot dot dot rubber JD but not the guy who bombs and Bogart's AKA the greatest prospect ever off shortstop dot -- dot. The guy -- single -- Single handedly. Snapping a seven game Red -- winning streak and turned it into a five game losing streak but not the guy who was forced on Boston's baseball ops. By bully Larry Lucchino -- but not the guy is only here because of media manipulation banks I am. I I don't listen everything but I listen a lots. I didn't hear anyone say that Lucchino that's why acclaimed true that's what's -- -- -- again books I've not heard anybody say that that the reading don't you think that reads like Dan is saying it's different grand and suddenly say believes that I'd never heard that you'd and I know you guys here no no but it Shaughnessy say something -- Comcast early in the week what is that he did it across the street. He set on Comcast Larry Larry force and army divisional cross street out. In here on Comcast -- -- will be good. But I'm a commitment -- that you a question and I read that and considered stated that said and I pitched out of searching when you're wrong you say a fraud alert is right generally that him. That was like ten minutes after he slapped around. I assume that were east crown and to me that we can get into its final wants a while but if -- wrong -- wrong but. I'd like my -- totally out front my problem is more with with Dan is that. I've not heard anybody say this very not a partial I've not heard that can nowhere orchestrated by true. I mean I only shot to see you would you would mean you know but I've heard whirls. 6777. On 7937.