The problem with the 2013 Red Sox being labeled as “scrappy underdogs” is that it shouldn’t be Larry Lucchino who gets to deliver the message.
Scrappy underdogs? That’s a term that should be reserved for fans, sportswriters and talk-show hosts, not the CEO of a big league ballclub whose payroll this season will be in excess of $160 million.
Speaking with reporters yesterday morning at JetBlue Park, Lucchino made it sound like this year’s roster includes Ricky “Wild Thing” Vaughn, Willie Mays Hayes, Pedro Cerrano and those other lovable misfits from the film “Major League.”
“I actually like being the underdog,” said Lucchino, who then compared his club with the rebuilt, back-in-business Toronto Blue Jays, who spent a ton of money this offseason in an attempt to revitalize baseball in a city where most people tuned out the game since the Roberto Alomar-Joe Carter glory days of the early 1990s.
Lucchino said he reminded Blue Jays president Paul Beeston that “there’s no trophies for winning the offseason. If he wants to go into the season feeling he is the prohibitive favorite, that’s great. We’re just scrappy underdogs trying to win for our franchise and for our fans.”
Posted: February 15, 2013 at 10:23 AM | 36 comment(s)
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