John Henry Chimes
John Henry (JH) on with Bob Neumier (BN) and Sean McAdam (SM) on WEEI:
Thanks for calling in. The Sports Museum dinner, I know you want to
speak about that?
I can't profess to know a lot about it. Gaston, Jacobs, Kraft, and I
will be there...
about poor record at Fenway:
Interesting as to why we haven't played as well at Fenway. One of the
things that comes to mind is that Sox traditionally built teams to play
in Fenway. Recently team has moved away from prototypical Fenway
approach. Playing extremely well in other parks. Some of this is an
anomaly but yes, we haven't won nearly as much as we have on road.
Where are you in the Fenway Engineering Study?
We're moving closer and closer to a time where we can say we can attempt
to try to renovate Fenway. There are a whole host of issues involved. We
have to try to begin dealing with those. We simply need more space, to
get more space, there are a lot of issues involved.
ruled out structurally. All reports not in yet. All research not
completed yet. But nothing brought to our attention that says building
can't sustain another 30-40 years of use. How you actually renovate the
park while keeping charm and beauty and deal with issues of present
state? Issues to deal with.
10,000 seats, still limited in luxury box, points of sale, ancillary
things to drive revenue?
I was looking to build a new stadium in Florida, I spent three years
looking at every ballpark that's been built across the country. Each one
has it's own issues.. Parking issues, we have those here. There are
going to be negatives that you aren't going to be able to deal with. New
park not always the answer, we've been seeing that in a number of new
ballparks. Hasn't solved everyone's problems. We already have a high
degree of income to this ballpark, to privately add 10,000 seats above,
costs more to build higher seats, and you get less for the seats.
are things that hopefully could be done, that would increase revenue,
without adding 10,000 seats.
unfair of people who say you don't have money to build a new ballpark?
We're spending an awful lot of money on this years team. We're projected
to lose about $19M even with income we do have now. What does that loss
translate into? Well, you don't want that going on every year. In any
renovation there will be issues. .... re: Having the money: not an
argument people should worry about right now.
Trading deadline. Teams may traditionally take on big contracts. What's
your policy? Any directives to Mike Port?
Every team would like to improve, certainly a couple of areas we can
improve in. I'll be candid, in our discussions internally and with other
clubs, when you talk about looking to acquire player of impact, teams
want something in return, even the 25 teams that would really love to
reduce salaries, b/c everybody's struggling despite the skepticism (to
the contrary). Teams losing real dollars, more than they want to, some
more than they can stand.
are impact players available, problem is, as one opposing GM said to us,
"you don't have anything in your farm system to give." One of the
reasons we don't have anything attractive is because if you keep trading
them for established players (as we had been) you run into that problem.
All the teams we talk to ask for a guy like Shea Hillenbrand, or some of
our impact player... but we're trying to win a pennant here.
devastating would a strike be here in New England?
any player or owner that wants to have work stoppage. It would be
devastating. I hope that cool heads will prevail. Can't really say
anything more. They are meeting. Hoping to avoid confrontation.
about yesterday's compromise to allow revenue share to creep up to 50%?
You're more in the know about the proposal, I hadn't heard.
Owners said they would implement up to 50%. Looked like beginnings of
There was some progress being made, but last I heard we were far apart.
So that's good (if there was progress).
draft strategy, with David Chadd trying to rebuild a stripped system...
any progress with Neighborgall?
went after some players who had signability issues. took a risk in going
ahead and drafting some players who have committed to going to college
or deemed by other teams as being difficult to sign. We have our work
cut out for us. We used some of our later picks to go after players that
perhaps are a risk.