BOSTON -- While Larry Lucchino's hands-on style may have driven Theo Epstein out of Boston, one source within the Red Sox organization thinks Lucchino may have been too hands-off during the team's September collapse.
Lucchino, he felt, "should have asked more questions" as the team plummeted through the standings in September, especially in light of revelations of clubhouse drinking and the problems of manager Terry Francona.
"Theo saw the clubhouse, saw the manager floundering, yet nothing was done until it was too late," said the source. "What is that all about? One minute Theo was micromanaging everything - including Francona - but to let that go? To let his clubhouse come to that? Why? I'll never understand it."
Those in the know say Lucchino will learn from the experience and won't let that sort of scenario play out again. The divide between himself and the Baseball Operations department will probably be reduced, or altogether done away with, under general manager Ben Cherington.
Red Sox manager John Farrell said today on WEEI's Dale and Holley Show that he has not apologized to Dennis Eckersley for the recent incident on a team flight in which David Price ripped into the Hall of Fame pitcher -- to the applause of some teammates -- for being too critical in his role as a team broadcaster.
“Yeah, that’s a no,” Farrell responded when asked specifically if he had apologized to Eck.
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According to Brooks Sutherland's story on WEEI.com, Farrell said he has spoken to Eckersley since the incident and has a "positive in a professional way" relationship with Eck.
Sutherland quoted Farrell as saying: “I’ve had interactions with Eck, yes. I have, yeah. Whether it’s been at the hotel, or whether it’s been at the ballpark, there’s been interactions there, yes . . . At the time when we did meet, which was down in Texas, as I mentioned, and then again in the ballpark there. I’m aware that people reached out to him the morning after the incident when we were headed in to Toronto. So, knowing that that was in place, you know, I followed with my conversations with Eck as I’ve always done. They’ve been cordial, there’s been professional respect on both side and I think my relationship with him is positive in a professional way.”
Farrell said he heard Price yelling at Price on the plane.
“You know at the time when it did happen,you heard some loud talk,” he said. “but I can’t say that that’s . . . you know there’s banter that goes back-and-forth that’s relatively calm, and I would say this was a different situation. I can’t say that the banter is in this nature. After it did take place, I know Eck came up to the front of the plane to talk to Dave Dombrowski and myself. Obviously outlined what took place and that’s why we met with David the next day in Toronto."
Curt Schilling talks mostly politics on Twitter these days, but the Dennis Eckersley-David Price incident got him back to baseball.
And if Red Sox players think Eckersley is too critical, well, try this one on for size:
He didn't have only Price in his gunsights, either. When asked "what kind of team" would applaud the bashing of a Hall of Famer, he responded:
He even had kind words -- sort of -- for mortal enemy Dan Shaughnessy: