John Henry finally spoke out about the current state of the Red Sox in an hour long interview on 98.5 The Sports Hub Friday. The Red Sox principle owner defended himself for his actions and was hesitant to place blame on any individual for the historic September collapse. Henry blamed poor performance by the Pitching staff for the Sox demise, but did not really specify what he thought caused their awful play. He did concede that they are “looking into” Josh Beckett’s supposed weight gain over the season, so perhaps ownership does blame the Fried Chicken eating, Beer drinking clubhouse antics. But for the most part Henry defended his players, claiming he “didn’t see one player who wasn’t busting his ass” on the field this season.
Another notable point was Henry’s admission that he did not support the Carl Crawford signing. A little strange to put that out there considering the Sox are stuck with Crawford for the next 6 years. It was probably a jab at runaway GM Theo Epstein, who was adamant about inking the former Rays Outfielder.
It was refreshing for Red Sox Nation to finally hear the owner speak after weeks of avoiding the media. Henry declared that he loves the team and will do everything he can to get it back on track. Listening to his comments it seemed like he genuinely cared about the Red Sox. He emphasized the fact that he appears at nearly every game and as the interview went on you could see his passion shine through. Henry is a committed owner who knows how to win. He’s more than just the guy who writes the checks. John Henry is focused and determined to fix the current situation. I feel a whole lot better about the Red Sox future today than I did yesterday. And you should, too.
If you want to see more of Henry’s comments, you can find the full story here: Boston.com