A message from Larry Lucchino


A message from Larry Lucchino

Dear loyal subjects,

As you may have read in this morning's paper, or in stories across the "Internet," the Boston Red Sox have reached a crossroads in our search for a manager.

We interviewed many very capable and viable candidates, but after an assortment of thorough conversations among the Sox brain trust (aka me talking to myself in the bathroom mirror), we've decided that, so far, no one fits the bill. No one's good enough for "you."

There are rumors that we were "very" interested in Dale Sveum, which I can finally reveal were a HILARIOUS joke. You really thought we'd hire Send 'Em In Sveum?

Please. I was just messing with Theo.

I know how badly that little twirp wants Sveum. So, why not make him squirm? What's wrong with a few sleepless night? Why not bring Dale in for a second interview, and freak out that ungrateful punk of a protege?


Advantage, Lucchino.

And I'll tell you this: Even if we were slightly interested in Sveum initially that changed as soon as the Cubs got involved. I mean, if Theo's interested in someone you stay the hell away, right? We're talking about the same guy who thought it was a good idea to sign John Lackey and Carl Crawford. JD Drew? Julio Lugo? Edgar Renteria? All Epstein.

In fact, do you know Theo didn't even want us to hire Terry Francona? Nope, he HATED Terry. Said he'd never last. And you'll never guess who Theo suggested we bring in instead

Jerry Sandusky.

Think about that for a second.

Anyway, I thank you all for your time. I know it's a little out of the ordinary for the king president and CEO of a Major League Baseball team to reach out to his fans like this, but what can I say? That's Larry Lucchino.

Honest. Open. Benevolent.

Never stupid enough to pay 15.5M for two years of Mike Cameron.

And here to remind you that this organization won't rest until we find a man capable of leading the Red Sox into another era of dominance.

Or at least a guy who's willing to do whatever I tell him.



Rich can be reached at rlevine@comcastsportsnet.com. Follow Rich on Twitter at http:twitter.comrich_levine

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Celtics' goal in season opener vs. Nets: 'Let's just be us'


Celtics' goal in season opener vs. Nets: 'Let's just be us'

BOSTON --  It’s almost impossible not to look at tonight’s Boston-Brooklyn game and not think about where each franchise is currently, and how their statuses are directly bound with one another.
The Brooklyn Nets are preaching patience with their fan base in part because of the 2013 multi-player trade they made with the Celtics that has included them sending a slew of picks Boston’s way.
Meanwhile, the Celtics are a franchise on the rise not only because of the talent it currently has on the roster, but also the potential to add even more difference-making players to the mix courtesy of picks that they will get from Brooklyn in the coming years.
Players for both teams aren’t thinking about their respective franchise’s futures.
Instead, their focus will be on tonight’s game, one in which the Celtics will be heavily favored.
“I’ve been ready [to play],” said Boston’s Isaiah Thomas. “I’ve been ready for the preseason to be over and things to start counting.”
And the season begins with a familiar foe, one that the Celtics have already played twice in the preseason with another four matchups beginning tonight, during the season.
While the Nets are expected to be among the league’s worst teams while the Celtics are predicted to finish near the top of Eastern Conference standings, there’s at least one Celtic who isn’t convinced seeing the Nets so many times is a good thing.
“It’s hard to play teams . . . the more you play them it's like the tougher it is [to win],” Thomas said. “At the same time, they know what we like to do and we know what they like to do. You have to leave it all out there on the floor. Like [coach Brad Stevens) said, ‘Let’s just be us.’ ”
Being themselves more than anything else means delivering a devastating defensive punch, the kind that kept Boston among the NBA’s top defenses a year ago.
The Celtics finished the season with a defensive rating of 100.9 which was the fourth-best in the NBA.
And the mindset among several players is that as good as they were a year ago, the potential of this team defensively is even greater.
One of the keys to that optimism is Al Horford, the longtime Atlanta Hawk who signed a four-year, $113 million contract with the Celtics this summer when he became a free agent.
Horford is a four-time All-Star in part because of his versatility as a defender. Stevens envisions the 6-foot-10 Horford playing both power forward and center depending on the lineup he’s on the floor with at that time.
“He also improves are ability to play big or small,” Stevens said. “You can play him at the four (power forward) and play big, you can play him at the five (center). His mobility defensively and mobility to stretch the floor allows us to do both.”
And to think that as good as the Celtics are now, they are going to be able to add even more talent with a likely top-5 pick next year in the NBA draft courtesy of exercising their option to switch draft positions with the Nets.
Thomas has a lot on his mind heading into tonight’s game.
Increasing Boston’s chances of getting a high first-round pick from Brooklyn next year is not on the list, he says.
“I worry about scoring the ball, getting my teammates involved and winning games,” Thomas said. “I don’t know anything about those first-round picks.”
Thomas, the 60th and final player selected in the 2011 NBA draft added, “And I wasn’t a first-round pick so I don’t care about first-round picks.”