Tuesday was Truck Day at Fenway Park, but for a brief moment, Larry Lucchino stepped away from the hunky dory festivities to address a very serious issue
Francona: The Red Sox Years
"Ive got more compelling, true, non-fiction I want to read," Lucchino said, when asked for his take on the recently-released book from Francona and Dan Shaughnessy.
But as the Herald's Mike Silverman writes, even though Lucchino hasn't read the book, "he's heard enough, he says, to know that the authors he only cites Shaughnessy write misleadingly about how the team truly operates and is governed. And 'the notion that (Henry and Werner) are not passionate baseball fans and deeply committed to winning is just absurd and offensive.
SRO TAKE: OK, first of all, there's no way Lucchino hasn't read this book. At the very least, he's read all the parts that are about him, and I'd guess, everything about the owners in general. I don't say that because he's Larry Lucchino, but because he's a human being. Someone writes a highly-publicized book filled with "misleading" statements about the way you run your business, and you just ignore it? No one has that kind of will power. Not even the almighty Lucchino.
Second of all, Larry can deny and refute every single word of what Shaugnhessy wrote, but almost no one in Boston is going to give him the benefit of the doubt. It's not that Francona's incapable of stretching the truth, but compared to Lucchino, Tito's Abraham Lincoln. If only one of them is being honest, who do you believe?
Lastly, in this situation, there's only one way for Larry to really earn the trust and respect of Red Sox fans.
Read the book, or just admit that he's read the book. And then collaborate with me on a response Lucchino: The Red Sox Years.
We'll sit down for two months, and talk about everything that was reported in Shaughnessy's version. We'll talk about the truth. What really happened. Correct all the misleading aspects of what Francona and Theo Epstein had to say.
Of course, his words can't tell the whole story. I'll have to find a few other people not John Henry or Tom Werner to back up and complement his version. But seeing that his version is the truth, it shouldn't be that hard. And at the end of the day, won't it be an enormous weight off his shoulders? No more lying. No more spin. No more deceit. Just complete transparency and a real behind-the-scenes look at the negativity that's surrounded these Red Sox owners.
Finally, we'll know and understand the truth. And by next Truck Day, life in Red Sox Nation will be nothing but puppy dogs and ice cream.