Shaughnessy vs. Henry

John Henry owns the Boston Red Sox and the Boston Globe, which can make for some awkward moments at times. The coverage of Red Sox president and CEO Larry Lucchino is a case in point.

In February, the Globe’s entertaining sports columnist Dan Shaughnessy wrote one of his “picked up pieces” columns, which featured a lead item suggesting that Lucchino may be losing a power struggle at Fenway Park with limited partner Michael Gordon and could be on the way out. Shaughnessy reported that Lucchino declined comment and Henry didn’t respond to an email request for comment.

At the club’s spring training in Florida, Henry dismissed what he called Shaughnessy’s “ridiculous story.” Henry said Lucchino runs the Red Sox. “That has been and remains the case,” said Henry. “He’s involved in every decision. There’s no doubt that Larry’s in charge and continues to be in charge.”

Shaughnessy’s response? “Sorry, boss, no retraction on this one.”

In late April, the Globe went positively batty about bringing Lucchino in to run Boston 2024. Columnist Shirley Leung wrote one of her open letters to Lucchino, begging him to take the reins of Boston’s Olympic bid. A news story reported that Lucchino was in talks with Boston 2024 to take a “senior role.” He would later be named a senior advisor and never be heard from again.

Then came last weekend’s news that Lucchino would be stepping down from his posts with the Red Sox at the end of this disastrous season. Shaughnessy, who helped write the Globe’s news story, didn’t mention his February reporting on Lucchino’s shaky status, but did quote several people as saying the transition talks had been going on for some time. Interestingly, Henry didn’t talk to reporters at his own paper, but did email a statement to WBZ.

In a separate column, Shaughnessy doubted Red Sox claims that Lucchino would remain on board in some capacity. “In my opinion, Lucchino is being nudged more than he is leaving of his own volition,” he wrote with a link to his column back in February.

Boston Herald columnist Steve Buckley was much more blunt than his crosstown rival. “Larry Lucchino isn’t stepping down,” Buckley wrote on Tuesday. “Instead, it looks like he’s being escorted off the property. And this is happening for one simple reason: It’s time.”




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