Chicago Outfit: The Last Testament of Unlucky Lucchino.
I asked Lucchino how he was doing.
“Recovering … still living from game to game,’’ the Red Sox president said. “In Boston, people scream about the proverbial one-game losing streaks. We take it very seriously, (there’s) an intensity like no other.’
...Shaughnessy wrote that Fenway Park “feels like 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. during the final days of the Nixon Administration,’’ and that the 11-30 stretch dating to the 2011 collapse meant that the franchise that won the World Series in 2004 and ‘07 had become the 1962 Mets.
“Last year they were saying we were the ‘27 Yankees,’’ Lucchino said, referring to a four-month period in which the Red Sox played .661 baseball. “They were wrong, and there’s no reason to believe they’re (right) about the ‘62 Mets.’‘
...Lucchino classified Epstein and Francona as off limits for our conversation. He did offer a dissenting view to the conventional wisdom of some of Epstein’s friends, that the time was right to leave Boston last fall because the downside of staying outweighed the upside. There was no way to recapture the fun that came with ending the so-called Curse of the Bambino.
“I would challenge that,’’ Lucchino said. “There may never be the first time again after 86 years, let’s hope, but each time has its own joy and excitement attached to it. Were we to be fortunate enough to win this year given the lower expectations that (now) exist, I think, the exhilaration would be gigantic.’‘
Posted: April 26, 2012 at 09:33 AM | 12 comment(s)
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