Anthony 'Tony' Ezio Massarotti (born October 28, 1967) is an American newspaper sportswriter, author, online and print contributor for the Boston Globe, and a former writer for the Boston Herald. He also co-hosts a sports talk radio show on WBZ-FM with former Boston Herald columnist Michael Felger. Massarotti is a graduate of Waltham High School in Waltham, Massachusetts and a 1989 graduate of Tufts University, where he majored in English and Classics. He was also a member of Theta Chi fraternity. He currently resides in Sudbury, Massachusetts.
Massarotti joined the Boston Herald in 1989 and covered the Boston Red Sox for the paper from 1994 through 2008.
During his time with the Herald, Massarotti frequently covered the Red Sox for Fox Sports New England, and he appeared occasionally as a guest on WHDH's Sports Xtra. He also appeared on Boston's WEEI sports talk radio program The Big Show. These appearances ended with his later leaving the Herald for the Globe due to a long-standing ban on Globe staffers appearing on the station.
While with the Herald, Massarotti was known for his staunch support of former Red Sox managers Jimy Williams and Grady Little, despite Little's controversial decisions during Game 7 of the 2003 American League Championship Series.
The Boston Globe
In September 2008, Massarotti joined the staff of the Boston Globe. In addition to writing a regular column for the paper, Massarotti became the voice and face of the Globe's online Boston.com sports feature. In March 2013, he left the Boston Globe. However, after his brief hiatus, Massarotti returned to writing for the Globe's online sports blog in early 2014.
Theo Epstein contract negotiations
On October 27, 2005, Massarotti published a column in which he accused Larry Lucchino and the Red Sox management of smearing general manager Theo Epstein during contract negotiations. In the column, he also suggested that coverage of the negotiations at two local media outlets was compromised. He documented that the New York Times (parent company of the Boston Globe) owned a 17 percent ownership stake in the Red Sox and that local sports talk radio leader WEEI was currently in negotiations for Red Sox broadcast rights and paid Lucchino for a weekly radio appearance. The timing of the column was notable as it came four days after Globe ombudsman Richard Chacón published an article in which he criticized Times management for accepting World Series rings from the Red Sox, and three days prior to a Dan Shaughnessy column in which he revealed information detailing the nuances of the relationship between Epstein and Lucchino, to the favor of Lucchino. The information in the column was widely thought to have originated from Lucchino and may have contributed to Epstein breaking off negotiations and resigning his position as General Manager.
Jon Lester cancer story
In August 2006, Massarotti received some criticism for publishing a column detailing rumors that Red Sox pitcher Jon Lester was being tested for cancer. In fact, the rumors turned out to be true, and Lester went on to be treated for a rare form of non-Hodgkins lymphoma.
- Massachusetts Winner of the 2000 and 2008 National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association Sportswriter of the Year award.
- A Tale of Two Cities: The 2004 Yankees-Red Sox Rivalry and the War for the Pennant, 2005, ISBN 1-59228-704-2, co-author John Harper, sportswriter for the New York Daily News
- Big Papi: My Story of Big Dreams and Big Hits, 2007, ISBN 0-312-36633-7, co-author David Ortiz, Professional baseball player for the Boston Red Sox
- Dynasty: The Inside Story of How the Red Sox Became a Baseball Powerhouse, 2008, ISBN 978-0-312-38567-5, Foreword by Jason Varitek, professional baseball player for the Boston Red Sox
- Knuckler: My Life with Baseball's Most Confounding Pitch, 2011, ISBN 978-0-547-51769-8, co-author Tim Wakefield, professional baseball player for the Boston Red Sox
- "Tony Massarotti Sports Blog". Boston Globe. Retrieved 2008-10-07.
- "Interview With Tony Massarotti" (PDF). CheetahZine. 2005-12-01. Retrieved 2005-12-15.
- Dan Kennedy. "Hush-hush, In its war of words with WEEI, the Globe learns that silence isn't necessarily golden". Boston Phoenix. Archived from the original on 2007-12-25. Retrieved 2008-10-07.
- "Boston Herald Sports Writers". Boston Sports Media Watch. Archived from the original on 2005-11-28. Retrieved 2005-12-15.
- "Massarotti to join Globe and Boston.com". Boston.com. 2008-08-15. Retrieved 2008-08-15.
- Joe Sullivan (2008-08-16). "New lineup for Globe's baseball team". Boston Globe. Retrieved 2008-08-18.
- Tony Massarotti (2005-10-27). "Smear campaign stinks". Boston Herald. Retrieved 2007-04-27.
- Richard Chacón (2005-10-23). "The Globe-Sox connection". Boston Globe. Retrieved 2007-04-27.
- Dan Shaughnessy (2005-10-30). "Let's iron out some of this dirty laundry". Boston Globe. Retrieved 2007-04-26.
- Thomas F. Mulvoy (2005-11-03). "Lucchino vs. Epstein: Media stew boils over". Dorchester Reporter. Archived from the original on 2007-10-09. Retrieved 2007-04-27.
- "John Henry Takes Blame For Epstein Leaving Red Sox: Epstein Says Another Team Has Contacted Him". WBZ-TV.com. 2005-11-02. Archived from the original on 2007-09-28. Retrieved 2007-04-27.
- "Lester tested for cancer - Sources say rookie has enlarged lymph nodes". Boston Herald. 2006-08-31. Archived from the original on 2006-09-01. Retrieved 2007-12-14.
- Edes, Gordon (2006-09-01). "Lester's cancer". Boston Globe. Retrieved 2007-12-14.
- "Alum Wins National Journalism Award". Tufts E-News. 2001-01-17. Archived from the original on 2005-01-02. Retrieved 2007-12-14.
- "Alums Author Sox Books". Tufts E-News. 2006-05-05. Retrieved 2005-12-15.[permanent dead link]
- Boston Globe:, Tony Massarotti Sports Blog
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