The day after word leaked out — much to the dismay of Larry Lucchino — that his stint as president and CEO of the Red Sox is drawing to an end, it bears mentioning that the Red Sox lost their 59th game of the season yesterday.
It is the sorry state and ultimate fate of this 47-59 Red Sox baseball team after all, and not the wording on Lucchino’s Hall of Fame plaque, that fans care about the most.
Remember, as Lucchino scrambled to respond to news that had been successfully kept under wraps for months, principal owner John Henry kept his eye on a bigger issue, the one that fans care about far more than palace intrigue — or the lack of it, considering Lucchino’s departure was a matter of when, not if — along Yawkey Way.
In an email, Henry wrote:
“This year has been a clear disappointment on the field and a huge disappointment to our fans who deserve much better. We have begun transitioning personnel. The trade deadline will not blunt that effort. The last two months of the season will have more of a focus on youth and on the future. We have been stockpiling exciting young players we think will excite fans the rest of this year and particularly next year and beyond as they mature.”
So what does Lucchino’s departure and Sam Kennedy’s arrival as his replacement mean for the future of the Red Sox?
First off, Ben Cherington and John Farrell are staying put.
Despite the collapse of the team’s offseason plan and in-season performance, Henry and chairman Tom Werner believe that Cherington and Farrell are the right men to oversee the turnaround that the team is already plotting.
Yes, the youngsters Henry mentioned will be featured prominently in the coming weeks, beginning tomorrow night when left-hander Henry Owens makes his big-league debut at Yankee Stadium.
The team, and other teams, can take a good long look at all the ballyhooed top prospects that the Sox’ talent evaluators value so highly. Certainly the faith in Xander Bogaerts and Mookie Betts has been repaid.
Farrell and Cherington, the Red Sox believe, are the right people to oversee the youth movement.
Putting aside roster moves, inevitable changes await involving comings and goings of people less well known than Lucchino, Cherington and …Read More