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Sat, 02/25/2012 - 12:12pm  

Owners: Sox 'highly motivated' for playoffs

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Red Sox principal owner John Henry, team President Larry Lucchino and Chairman Tom Werner held their annual training camp meeting with the team Saturday morning, before the club took the field for its first full-squad workout of 2012.

"It was setting the tone for 2012," Lucchino said of the 45-minute gathering with coaches, players and general manager Ben Cherington. "It was a customary opening day meeting."

"We talked about how proud we are to be involved in this organization," Werner added. "They should feel proud. We have great fans. This is going to be a new chapter. We didn't spend too much time talking about 2011. It's a new chapter, we have a new ball park. Our fans are excited about this year. I certainly think our players are motivated to play postseason baseball.

Henry said the team is in a good position to add to their payroll in the middle of the season if the opportunity for strengthening the team for a playoff run exists. 

Asked if he feels this team is more focused based on the collapse of 2011, Lucchino said it's not about focus but rather motivation. 

"That suggests they were not focused last season," Lucchino said. "I don't subscribe to that notion as a generalization but looking forward to 2012, I do expect this team will be focused, highly motivated."

Clubhouse conduct and policy, including alcohol, was addressed but the owners, led by Lucchino deferred to general manager Ben Cherington and manager Bobby Valentine.

"It was Ben and Bobby's meetings and I think you're best off addressing comments about the substance of the meeting to them," Lucchino said. "There were some disussions about policies at that meeting but I think you better off talking to Ben and Bobby about that."

For complete coverage of the owners' arrival and address to the team in Fort Myers, visit the Red Sox team page at weei.com/redsox and the Full Count blog.




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