Thursday, August 6, 2015

Bob Lobel: Brady and Lucchino's Boston

By Bob Lobel (@boblobel)

This is about the two most important people in Boston sports. 

Ok, so we let those 2024 Olympics slip through our fingers. Let's hope we don’t have to deal with that again in our lifetime. I mean, it's ok for us to go wherever they decide to hold it, but being one of the most unfriendly places in the world, why show it off?  

I mean, it's who we are. Big deal… It's always better to be known for something, I guess.

I will stick to my theory, expressed almost a decade ago, that when the Red Sox lose Larry Lucchino, they will spin out of control as an organization. You say that has already happened. I say it can get much worse, and probably will.

Larry took all the bullets for John and Tom. He was a handy guy to have around and don’t forget he brought Charles Steinberg with him. 

Yes, he was one of the most talented and imaginative off field producers in any league. It’s a logical assumption that when Larry goes, so will Charles. The one saving grace and bit of hope is that Sam Kennedy, the man replacing Larry, should get the green light on any and all decisions. 

Sam is not Larry Lite. Most people would be, but he might be the one to actually do the Larry stuff if he's allowed. I'm not sure he will take those bullets for the other two, but when it comes to detail, personality and intelligence, they couldn’t find anyone better. 

I have doubts about Tom Werner. Who doesn’t? As long as Larry was there, Tom and John had to hang back. Let's see how much running room they give Sam. Meanwhile, as a big fan of both Larry and Charles, I wish them nothing but the best. They were all in on the local baseball team. 

It doesn't always turn out the way we wanted, but they were all in and you knew it. 

Now, I have to get to the other man in the title of this, Mr. TB12. 

You can't deny that Larry and Tom are the most important people in Boston Sports in their own way and for different reasons. Rodger Goodell, by his missteps and judgements, is probably the only person around that can generate sympathy for Brady in other places besides New England. 

Ok, Belichick is pretty damn important. Robert thinks he is, and so does Ortiz, but they have to take a back seat to the people that drove the bus to get them where they are. Just say thanks for the ride. 

It's been pretty special, and without them we might have been so desperate for recognition that the 2024 Olympics might have been here after all.

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