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Thursday, November 10, 2005

He doesn't get it

Larry Lucchino, from today's Boston Herald:
“We were disappointed that Theo decided to decline our offer for a contract extension,” Lucchino said. “We worked hard on an agreement that worked for the organization and him, but he decided to take another path. It was Theo’s decision to decline our offer and we are now actively engaged in a process to move forward.”
As for why Epstein left, Lucchino refused to speculate.
“People have asked me that and they’re asking me to speculate on Theo’s decision – that I’m not going to do,” said Lucchino, who said that he did not feel responsible for Epstein’s exit. “Theo’s responsible for Theo’s decision. I was certainly part of those discussions.”
Lucchino said he has not asked Epstein to reconsider and return, and he allowed Tom Werner, chairman of the Red Sox, to close the door on recent reports that certain members of the Red Sox’ hierarchy are still trying to woo back Epstein.
“I’ve read all the rumors, but as far as we are concerned, we’ve turned the page and are looking for the next general manager of the Red Sox,” Werner said. “We’ve completely discounted (the rumors) and we are at a point where we’ve turned the page.”
Lucchino expressed disappointment with how he was portrayed by the media after Epstein’s exit.
“I was disappointed by it and it struck me that some of the media coverage was very misleading and inaccurate,” Lucchino said. “But it is part of the job, the business we have chosen."

Don't you just love it? Lucchino complains about media coverage that made him look bad while not commenting on media coverage that made Theo look bad - whose source had to be someone in the Red Sox hierarchy. And just who leaked the numbers about the offer to Theo? Has there ever been any story yet about Theo's camp misplaying or not playing by the rules the Red Sox set for negotiations, including media silence.
Time to let it, and Theo , go, I think. But the we now have insight into the real ways this organization works and it does not pass the smell test. Wonder what John Henry's consultant will find.

Thursday, November 03, 2005

The Zen Press Conference

You can hear the answers to why Theo left in between the statements he made.
He could not give it his heart and soul anymore? That's Lucchino, Steinberg, et al., behind that statement. The fact is, he did give it his heart and soul, and succeeded, and for that he expected more respect than he got, not in terms of money, but in terms of how the entire thing was played out in the press - and nothing in the press came from him, on that everyone agrees. He kept his part of the bargain (no agent, no public statements or negotiations). It was the "adults" who could not keep to the deal.
Shaughnessy tried to slip and slide and deny and accuse his way out of it yesterday on WEEI and all I could hear was, "I did not have sex with that woman" and "I am not a criminal." He and Lucchino are too close; Shaughnessy may not have spoken to Lucchino after the joint call with Theo (which he claimed yesterday on the radio) but he knew what he had to do: put that young pup in his place on the eve of his new contract to remind him who was really in charge here.
This is classic Shaughnessy, always looking for an opening in which to inject himself and then hide behind, "I just write my opinion." If there ever were a more small-minded, self-important, backstabbing columnist in the sports press than Dan Shaughnessy, he would have to have been a presidential press secretary in his previous life - or perhaps a prison snitch.

Tuesday, November 01, 2005

Bullshit cont'd

Dan wants to take the blame.
Okay, you got it, Dan.
Once again, you have become a de facto Red Sox owner, running out of town people you either don't like or who don't respect you.
You claim to respect Theo, admire him, wish he would change his mind. Why do we have to take all that with a grain of salt? Simple: You may very well be mouthing the words Lucchino wants to say, but cannot. Hey, the man fucked up and now he wants you to express the mea culpas for him - that's the way I see it. Today's column has none of the underlying cynicism or verbal smirk that yours always have - you are so much smarter than everyone else! This was written by Lucchino, be honest.
As I said on the Boston.com blog, if people want to show their anger at this mess, use a marker and put the diagonal red slash over their Red Sox bumper stickers and window stickers, signalling "No Red Sox." You can always buy another one when you come back to the fold, right?