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Larry Lucchino: the Red Sox are striving to do something “bold” at the trade deadline

Jul 19, 2012, 3:25 PM EDT

Larry Lucchino

That Carl Crawford-to-the-Marlins rumor from yesterday was shot down in approximately 15 seconds, but that doesn’t mean the Red Sox aren’t still trying to do something bold. That they are, says team president Larry Lucchino:

“I think that (general manager) Ben (Cherington) feels empowered to do it, I think he has the capacity to do it, when he took the job and in fact since then we have talked frequently about boldness. You’ve got to know when to be bold and when to be somewhat conservative and methodical.  This is a club (that) has been built on bold moves over the years, going way back to the Nomar Garciaparra trade in ’04 as one example.”

Personally, if I wanted to “empower” my GM I probably wouldn’t be out giving expectation-raising interviews about the kinds of moves the team will make at the deadline, but I obviously don’t have as much experience in creating organizational harmony as Lucchino does.

  1. 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Jul 19, 2012 at 3:37 PM

    How about Lucchino and Henry stepping down? That would be both bold and very well-received.

    • drewsylvania - Jul 19, 2012 at 4:21 PM


      • pinkfloydprism - Jul 19, 2012 at 5:28 PM

        Or winning a game…that would be bold!

    • pisano - Jul 19, 2012 at 4:46 PM

      Excellent, get rid of those two a*sholes, and that’s a step in the right direction. Lucchino is a total horses ass, and John Henry looks like he’s rowing with one oar.

  2. petey1999 - Jul 19, 2012 at 3:48 PM

    I love it when you guys who make a living commenting on what certain people say advise them not to talk.

    • paperlions - Jul 19, 2012 at 4:38 PM

      Selfless advice, isn’t it. That is what you want out of a blogger, someone that steps up and tells it like it is, putting their own self interests aside.

  3. jrbdmb - Jul 19, 2012 at 3:49 PM

    Bold – Trade Cherington and Valentine to the Cubs for Epstein and a coach-to-be-named-later. Would immediately make the Sox a better team.

    • petey1999 - Jul 19, 2012 at 4:02 PM

      I bet you blame Obama for screwing up the economy.

      • pisano - Jul 19, 2012 at 4:49 PM

        Do you mean the modern day Robin Hood, robbing from the rich and giving to the bums that have been on welfare for generations? you mean that Obummer?

      • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Jul 19, 2012 at 5:31 PM

        robbing from the rich

        I’d love to hear how the rich are being “robbed”. This explanation should be wonderful.

      • mornelithe - Jul 19, 2012 at 10:25 PM

        @Pisano: Tax rates in the US haven’t been lower since the late 1988-1991, and prior to that, 1925-1931. You need to do more research, and stop taking the news at face value. Just so you’re aware, it’s _legal_ for the news to lie to you.

        “In February 2003, a Florida Court of Appeals unanimously agreed with an assertion by FOX News that there is no rule against distorting or falsifying the news in the United States.”

        This isn’t to say that Fox is the only culprit, merely you can’t trust any news agency at face value…always double and triple check their assertions.

  4. uyf1950 - Jul 19, 2012 at 3:56 PM

    When you read the entire piece it’s basically we are looking at are options, but no promises we may not do anything. It’s one of those interviews where if you can’t dazzle them with brilliance baffle the with bullchit.

  5. Chip Caray's Eyebrows - Jul 19, 2012 at 4:00 PM
  6. deathmonkey41 - Jul 19, 2012 at 4:01 PM

    I think they’re researching whether or not Nick Punto has a brother they can trade for…

    • paperlions - Jul 19, 2012 at 4:38 PM

      Need more Punto!

  7. 13yrsmlbvet - Jul 19, 2012 at 4:21 PM

    Lucchino is a douchebag. He is saying things to keep fan interest so the NESN ratings don’t fall and they lose money. Did this shit last year. Sent one of his bobos into the clubhouse to beg players to do commercial spots on NESN on how the team is never giving up. Youk was the only one willing to help out because he’s a good dude and can’t say no to anyone. Everyone else told him to go blow himself. It’s all about the sell out streak and TV ratings for him. He is the root cause of the dismay in that clubhouse.

    • oldpaddy - Jul 19, 2012 at 4:39 PM

      “He is the root cause of the dismay in that clubhouse.”

      May I add bobby v, lackey and Beckett to that list?

      • oldpaddy - Jul 19, 2012 at 4:41 PM

        I forgot, you sir, are wrong! Sir Larry went on the record this morning blaming the “carnivorous media” for the problems.

      • sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Jul 19, 2012 at 5:32 PM

        How could you forget beer, fried chicken and video games? those things ALWAYS cause disharmony.

  8. drewsylvania - Jul 19, 2012 at 4:22 PM

    Starting to look like we should trade the owners. Too bad that’s impossible….

  9. randygnyc - Jul 19, 2012 at 4:36 PM

    They’d love to get rid of Becket, Crawford and lackey. Unmovable IMO. If the manage a trade, they’ll get pennies on the dollar.

    If Boston feels compelled that they must make a trade, look for some combination of Ellsbury, Ortiz and Bard to be moving along.

    • teaspoon1731 - Jul 19, 2012 at 5:09 PM

      Yeah, they already traded one fan favorite in Youk. Trade Papi too, and you’re gonna have fans tearing down Fenway.

  10. trapper17 - Jul 19, 2012 at 4:52 PM

    At this point I don’t care what they do to get better I’m sick and tired of watching the Yankees in the playoffs whole we sit home with our thumbs up our asses we claim to be a power house then act like it damn it .

  11. sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Jul 19, 2012 at 5:34 PM

    I kinda hope they get Hanley. He and Lester have pretty much publicly said they hate each others guts. It will just make for more tabloid stuff.

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