Larry Lucchino says he hasn't read 'Francona: The Red Sox Years', the book co-written by ex-Red Sox manager Terry Francona and Boston Globe columnist Dan Shaughnessy, and he says there's a good reason for it:
Ive got more compelling, true, non-fiction I want to read.
And how does the Red Sox president and CEO knows it's not "true" if he hasn't read it? He told Michael Silverman of the Boston Herald that he's heard enough about it to make an opinion, and his opinion, reports Silverman, is that "the authors" -- though Lucchino only mentions Shaughnessy by name -- wrote "misleadingly about how the team truly operates and is governed."
And, Lucchino adds, The notion that principal owner John Henry and team chairman Tom Werner are not passionate baseball fans and deeply committed to winning is just absurd and offensive.
Mooke Betts, Jackie Bradley Jr. and a mix of Andrew Benintendi, Brock Holt, Blake Swihart and Chris Young brought postgame celebrations to a new level last season.
Most Sox fans are familiar with the outfield victory "Win, Dance, Repeat" where the trio would dance and pretend to photograph the game's best player between them. The celebration ended with a pose at first, but as seen the MLB the Show 17's freshly released trailer, a few more wrinkes were added in.
In fact, here's a taste of the celebrations and what else to expect from Playstation's 2017 MLB game:
Carlos Beltran, the 39-year-old switch hitter who was a potential target of the Red Sox as a DH, agreed to a free-agent deal with the Houston Astros, ESPN's Buster Olney reported.
FOXSports.com's Ken Rosenthal reports that it's a one-year, $16 million deal.
Beltran played for the Astros in 2004. He was dealt from the New York Yankees to the Texas Rangers at the July 31 trading deadline last season. He totaled 35 homers, 101 RBI and hit .295 in 2016.
The Red Sox, looking to fill the void left by David Ortiz's retirement, will be looking for a DH at the Winter Meetings that begin next week. One possibility is the return of Mike Napoli, who played for the A.L. champion Cleveland Indians last season.
More on the Winter Meetings here from CSN Red Sox Insider Sean McAdam.