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SBD/February 15, 2013/Franchises
Lucchino Says Red Sox' Sellout Streak Will End This Season, Possibly Second Game
Published February 15, 2013
NOT FOR SALE: ESPN BOSTON's Joe McDonald noted since last season, there has been "speculation the Red Sox, or at least part of the franchise, was for sale." Lucchino and Owner John Henry have "denied that claim." Lucchino said, "We tried to say to those who asked that it was a false rumor. We didn't know where it came from, but if it's repeated a couple of times, it tends to gain a little credence, perhaps, but it has never been a consideration. I've never been in a meeting where anyone discussed the idea of us selling this team" (ESPNBOSTON.com, 2/14).
FALSE ADVERTISING? Lucchino said, "We’re just scrappy underdogs trying to win for our franchise and for our fans.” In Boston, Steve Buckley writes most Red Sox fans "understand the Sox are trying to field a representative team this season while holding onto and nurturing a promising collection of minor leaguers they hope will emerge as big stars." Now that Lucchino is branding the '13 Red Sox "as 'scrappy,' it’s as though expectations for this season are being tempered." Buckley: "And let’s face it, the whole 'scrappy underdog' thing hasn’t been what the Red Sox are selling on television, what with those non-stop, return-to-glory, '162 Chances to Restore the Faith' ads." The Red Sox "shouldn’t be selling 'scrappy' when such teams as the Houston Astros are handing out uniforms to starry-eyed kids" (BOSTON HERALD, 2/15).