Lucchino remains in thick of all things Red Sox

Entering 14th season with club, president/CEO plays big part in countless issues

Lucchino remains in thick of all things Red Sox

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Red Sox president/CEO Larry Lucchino turns 70 in September, and he arrived at camp wearing a sling on his right arm after a recent motorcycle accident. And yet he remains as energetic and passionate as ever about his position in Boston's ownership structure.

"At some point, I'll slow down," said Lucchino. "But we'll just take it year by year, which is what we've been doing for the last few years. Scaling back [at some point] appeals to me. Dropping off the face of the earth doesn't appeal to me. It's about being active and doing things, continuing to do things. I can see that day will come, sure."

But the day isn't now. Owner John Henry said in a radio interview a few years back that Lucchino "runs the Red Sox." He stood by that statement earlier this week.

"If you were to ask anybody in the organization, including over the offseason, that has been and still remains the case. He's a pedal-to-the-metal guy," Henry said. "You can call him a micromanager. He's involved in every decision. Jack Welch once said to me that micromanaging is highly underrated as a management tool. There's no doubt that Larry is in charge and continues to be in charge. You can ask anybody on the Red Sox, and I'd be surprised if anyone would doubt that."

Lucchino remains heavily involved in countless issues, and one of the most prominent to enter his list recently is the construction of a new ballpark in Providence, Rhode Island, where the Triple-A Pawtucket Red Sox are likely to move in the next couple of years.

Lucchino is part of the new ownership group that purchased that team earlier this week. After helping to build new ballparks in Baltimore and San Diego, and taking charge for a decade-plus of renovations at Fenway Park, Lucchino is enthused to have another big project.

The Red Sox strongly denied a recent report in The Boston Globe that said Lucchino might be losing some of his power within the organization to minority owner Mike Gordon.

"I think a lot has been made of this story, but basically [principal owner] John [Henry] and Larry and I have the same relationship today as when we started in 2002," said chairman Tom Werner. "Mike has a significant [role] at [Fenway Sports Group]. That really does not impact the Red Sox very much. He's got a more important role in Liverpool. He's a very valuable partner."

Lucchino was surprised by the notion that he is having some sort of power struggle with Gordon, a man he respects and enjoys working with.

"If you were in Liverpool, you'd certainly realize what a big role he's playing," said Lucchino. "But the notion of a sort of power grab or battle for turf, that's the part that's not true."

As for the motorcycle accident, Lucchino is relieved it wasn't more serious.

"Yeah, it was a stupid motorcycle accident in Northern California riding the coast of California with a friend of mine, and I went out on a cattle guard," Lucchino said. "Let's see. I got a couple of [injured] ribs, and collarbone, a gash in the knee, sprained ankle."

Despite those bumps and bruises, Lucchino reported to camp on time -- and ready to start season No. 14 with the Red Sox.

Ian Browne is a reporter for Read his blog, Brownie Points, and follow him on Twitter @IanMBrowne. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.