I so agree with the Lucchino part. He just had to have Valentine and then cut him off at the knees. I just wish Valentine would resign or they would fire him and get it over with. He obviously can't stay. His contract has another year, but if he stayed there isn't a player left who would show him any respect given his lame duck status. I'm also not sure where Cherington fits into the mess. I have gotten the feeling that Lucchino is calling most of the shots. This whole year has been one disaster after another.
I think they should fire themselves..after last year, they made scape goats of Francona and the training staff, and the very same thing happened this year, now who are they gonna blame? Personally, I think Theo is the guy who brought most of these guys in (the very one large exception being Beckett, but let's face it, we probably don't win in 07 without Beckett), but I think somehow, somewhere, the clubhouse culture became toxic. Perhaps it's because they gave the players too much ability to go behind the backs of the coaching staff to air their grievances that turned them into a bunch of sniveling, backstabbing, lazy, over-indulged babies. Whatever, I think Lucchino is a huge part of the current problem, and if he doesn't butt out and let the baseball people do their thing, it's going to be a long time before it gets better. Oh, and they have to get rid of Valentine, he's just plain awful..
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I agree that management really needs to get their act together. They have made the problems worse and undercut Charrington and Bobby Valentine. I'm not a fan of Valentine, but the owners were so hot to get him, and then they didn't back him up.
Pretty sure it was Curt Shilling on last night's WNB game that said the Sox need to fix their dysfunctional management, and it was squarely aimed at the owners! Frankly, I think 4 owners is too much -- would much rather there be one or two guys for us fans to kick around!
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ed Sox owner John Henry on Thursday refuted a Fox Business story that claimed his ownership group intended to sell the team.
“A sale of any kind is so far from our thinking it hasn’t even come up apart from technical planning issues involving death or disability. This report is completely without foundation,” he said.
The Fox Business report did not cite any named sources.
“Regarding unnamed sources: Any sale discussions that may have taken place were missing three key people — Larry [Lucchino], Tom [Werner] and me. The Sox and any of the other components of FSG [Fenway Sports Group] are not for sale and will not be for the foreseeable future,” Henry said.
Charlie Gasparino, who wrote the Fox report, elaborated on his report in an interview on WEEI Thursday afternoon.
“I am not making this stuff up, I don’t care how much they deny it,” said Gasparino, whose story included a quote from a Red Sox spokesman denying the team was for sale.
“After discussion about our sourcing and what we knew about this, we felt pretty confident to go with it,” Gasparino said.
The Fox story said executives at Fenway Sports Group were concerned with having “the financial resources to run both” the Red Sox and the Liverpool soccer team, which it purchased in October of 2010.
Lucchino, the team’s CEO, called the notion of a sale of the Red Sox “nonsense” during an appearance on WEEI earlier.
Of his partners, Werner and Henry, Lucchino said, “They feel the same kind of competitive juices that I feel, that our fans feel, to put this team back on the track it was on for a decade. For better or worse, we are the guys that you’re going to have to kick around for awhile.”
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