21 Feb 2014
Brian Cashman once had a great quote along the lines of “nobody cares when millionaires fight”. Listening to Larry Lucchnio and Randy Levine go at it today reminded me of it.
Larry “I named them the Evil Empire” Lucchino got things started with this gem:
“We’re very different animals. I’m proud of that difference. I always cringe when people lump us together. Other baseball teams sometimes do that. They are still, this year at least, relying heavily on their inimitable old-fashioned Yankees style of high-priced, long-term free agents. And, uh, I can’t say that I wish them well, but I think that we’ve taken a different approach. … If you compare what we did last year in the offseason to what they did this year, there’s quite a contrast there.”
Two things come to mind when I read that.
1- Yes, there is a huge difference between the Red Sox 2012-13 offseason and the Yankees current one. BUT, take a look at the Red Sox 2010-11 offseason.
2- Where does he expect to find a receptive audience for these comments? Can you imagine being a Pirates’ fan and reading that?
Not to be outdone, Randy “I serve no purpose” Levine jumped into battle:
“I feel bad for Larry; he constantly sees ghosts and is spooked by the Yankees. But I can understand why, because under his and Bobby Valentine’s plan two years ago, the Red Sox were in last place. Ben Cherington and the Red Sox did a great job last year winning the World Series, but I’m confident Cash and Joe and our players will compete with a great Red Sox team to win a world championship this year.”
Way to take the high road Randy.
These are too men with too much money and too much ego. Just shut it fellas.
Here’s an interesting/sad story about Jesus Montero showing up to Seattle camp 40 pounds overweight. Maybe Montero was a creation of PED’s and this is his way of surrendering, but the quote from the Seattle GM is damning- “I have zero expectations for Jesus Montero. Any expectations I had are gone.” Ouch.