In a move that everyone thought was coming, but never expected so quickly, Larry Lucchino has decided to step down as the President and CEO of the Boston Red Sox. Lucchino, who will turn 70 in September, has been a part of the current ownership since 2002.
Lucchino issued the following statement Sunday:
As far back as 2004, the year of our first world championship, I started to plan for the day when I would want to cut back a little. I even inserted a clause to that effect in my contract.
People can say that Lucchino faded out near the end of his tenure in Boston, but there is no denying or diminishing what he has done for the city of Boston. From bringing three championships to Yawkey Way to completely revitalize the then-dwindling Fenway Park, Larry Lucchino saved the Red Sox at the turn of the 21st century.
From picking up trash in between doubleheaders to demanding a well thought out answer whenever he saw you, Larry Lucchino cared. A lot. That type of dedication is hard to find in a person of his stature. Its what made Larry who he is, both monetarily and at a respectability level.
Now lets talk about the new Red Sox President: Sam Kennedy. While he will technically be in the same position as Lucchino, he will not be covering baseball operations, which may be the most fascinating move about the entire situation. Out of the "Big Three" (John Henry, Tom Werner, Larry Lucchino), Lucchino was the "baseball guy." He knew the game and was able to tell if a guy would thrive here or not. Now that Kennedy has replaced him, it is almost essential that the Red Sox bring in another guy to handle baseball operations.
Thank you, Larry. You will be missed. Kinda.
By Pete Packowski @Pete_BBS