Sunday, July 16, 2006
Now Go Get Your Shine Box, Johnny
Laughing off a `Monster' portrait
Regardless of what Seth Mnookin wrote in his controversial new book about the Bosox, Boston Culinary bigshot Joe O'Donnell swears he's no Tony Soprano. Appearing on WEEI yesterday, O'Donnell, the tough-talking son of an Everett cop, laughed at Mnookin's portrayal of him as a made man. ``It doesn't bother me at all,' he told Gerry Callahan . ``People who know me know me.' In his book, ``Feeding the Monster,' Mnookin writes that during O'Donnell's failed negotiations to buy the Olde Towne Team, he took John Henry to the Boston waterfront -- at 1 a.m. There, according to Mnookin, O'Donnell asked that he be made managing partner if anything happened to Henry. ``That,' Henry wrote in an e - mail afterward, ``was a little scary.' O'Donnell doesn't deny he took Henry to Fan Pier -- he and Steve Karp hoped to put a new ballpark in the area -- but ridicules the suggestion that he put the arm on the Sox owner. Still, O'Donnell says he bears no ill will toward Henry, calling him a ``perfectly decent guy.' He even praised -- sort of -- the efforts of Henry, Larry Lucchino, and Tom Werner to fancy up Fenway. ``They've done a better job than I ever could have dreamed of,' O'Donnell said yesterday. ``But it's like putting a dress on a pig.' The Bosox brass haven't commented on the book but did send out an e - mail instructing Fenway folks to be ``dismissive' of its claims."
RED SOX NATION SPEAKS:
One should never let a fox into the hen house, even if it appears cute and cuddly and endorsed by one of your 19 ownership partners, the New York Times. As John Henry said(Paraphrased):
You aren't as smart as people think you are when you are successful, nor are you as dumb as they think you are when you fail. The decision to do this book borders on moronic, Mr. Henry.