The latest guest on The Base Path Podcast is Red Sox Hall of Famer Larry Lucchino, who served as President/CEO during an historic 14-year period 2002 through 2015.
Lucchino is credited for helping the Red Sox win three World Series, saving and enhancing Fenway Park, and establishing the Major League Baseball record for consecutive sellouts.
Lucchino will forever be linked to former Red Sox GM Theo Epstein after bringing the Brookline native back to Boston in 2001 after the pair worked together in Baltimore and San Diego. The Red Sox won World Series championships in 2004 and 2007 before Lucchino’s relationship with the GM grew contentious, and Epstein left to become president of the Chicago Cubs in 2011.
“I didn’t see the credit necessarily going to Theo as much as I saw it going to the organization,” Lucchino said. “Theo was quite a good evaluator, and that was what I was looking for when I made him general manager. He was very ambitious and driven, so we took advantage of that. He was a local boy made good, so that was an inherently good story. He was from Brookline and grew up as a Red Sox fan.