Larry Lucchino, “the only man in the world with a Final Four ring, Super Bowl ring, and World Series ring.”
  • Larry Lucchino, “the only man in the world with a Final Four ring, Super Bowl ring, and World Series ring.”
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Larry Lucchino, the sharp-elbowed executive who helped John Moores line his pockets with a subsidized ballpark, now named Petco Park, will be leaving his job as president of the Boston Red Sox, according to Dan Shaughnessy of the Boston Globe. The team is mired in last place in the East Division of the American League.

After winning a big ballpark subsidy in Baltimore, Lucchino joined Moores in San Diego and preached the wisdom of governments subsidizing ballparks for the ultrarich. Then Lucchino left to be president of the Red Sox, and switched completely — twice.

First, when the Red Sox built a fan base without a taxpayer subsidy, Lucchino boasted in 2010, "We knew the perils of of asking for public money." Fans "get annoyed when teams teams ask taxpayers to build a stadium, and then raise ticket and concession prices on the very people who paid for it." In San Diego, he denigrated anybody who uttered such statements.

But it didn't last. This year, Lucchino and some other moneybags bought a Red Sox farm team in Pawtucket. Lucchino then turned around and was spearheading an effort to get a fat yearly subsidy from Rhode Island to move the team to Providence.

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Visduh Aug. 2, 2015 @ 8:24 p.m.

I'm sincerely curious about how he managed to get the three rings listed in the photo caption. Was he a player, or a coach, or a manager, or just an office weenie? Larry does what it takes to survive personally. Like so many others, he'll tell you what you want to hear up until it's time to tell some other person what he/she wants to hear. And then you get these jarring contradictions. Nothing to see here folks, just move along.

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Don Bauder Aug. 3, 2015 @ 6:39 a.m.

Visduh: Yes, if you keep track of Lucchino pronouncements, you find that many are stark contradictions. As you point out, he says what the listener wants to hear. He was against ballpark subsidies when he was with the Red Sox because the team was not going in that direction.

I think you will find he got his NCAA ring with the Princeton basketball team when Bill Bradley was its star. He got the World Series ring while an executive with the Red Sox. Super Bowl ring? That I don't know. Best, Don Bauder

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danfogel Aug. 3, 2015 @ 11:06 a.m.

don bauder People in San Diego may hate him hate him, but the Red Sox won three world championships and set the longest sellout streak in professional sports history during his tenure. I doubt either of those things is likely to ever occur in San Diego.

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aardvark Aug. 3, 2015 @ 4:53 p.m.

I, for one, don't hate Lucchino. I wish he would have stayed with the Padres. It's my understanding that the reason he left was Moores didn't want to spend the money necessary to build the franchise and farm system to a level that it should have been after Petco Park was approved. Even after the ballpark was opened, Moores was pleading poverty--while raking in untold millions (hundreds of millions?) in the areas around the ballpark that JMI controlled. The Padres would have been much better off if Lucchino had stayed with the Padres.

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Don Bauder Aug. 3, 2015 @ 9:24 a.m.

Twister: Is that one-word blog entry aimed at me or Lucchino? Best, Don Bauder

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Jimgee Aug. 3, 2015 @ 9:50 a.m.

The Super Bowl ring came from the Washington Redskins. According to the Boston papers, Lucchino was a protege of Edward Bennett Williams when EBW owned the ' Skins.

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danfogel Aug. 3, 2015 @ 11:02 a.m.

Actually, his award for the being a member of the Princeton 1965 Final Four team is a watch, not a ring.

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David Dodd Aug. 3, 2015 @ 2:30 p.m.

The longest game in the history of professional baseball was played at McCoy Stadium, it went 33 innings. And McCoy Stadium looks like it went 33 innings many times, it's a dump. They've attempted to retool the place many times, but you can only fix a broken relic every so often before you have to replace it. One could drive from Pawtucket to Providence in less time that it takes one to drive from Petco Park to Poway. I'm not nuts about (and have been very publicly against) lawyers like Lucchino and Alderson and others involved in professional sports, but this attempt seems docile compared to other efforts. If this is simply a money-grab, then it isn't much of one. They'll likely propose a stadium that seats 12-15 thousand, in downtown Providence, and in short time it will likely bring more revenue than did the old site which was away from crowds that would gather in the summer for whatever other reasons.

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