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Ice cream in Paris
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And Sends Some Inspiring Missives Via E-mail
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This just in... John Henry Sends An E-mail to Red Sox GM Theo Epstein
From Somewhere Between the Panama Canal and Paris:


Dear Theo,

A team needs amusement. Well, it doesn't really. It doesn't need nearly as much as a fan generally thinks it does. Our Manny was greedy. Greedy for what he doesn't think he had and what he thinks he wanted.

We probably wouldn't have wandered far beyond the basic necessities without him pushing us to our limits. Progress is one of its most important byproducts.

So you will ask, "Why are you writing this?" Because a brief encounter-and-a-half with you in between excursions with my young bride-to-be gave a cool spin to this little green bandbox from my vantage point.

We feted the Celtics tonight and the skies opened. Brad Penny exploded and created a giant hole between the lefty and the old guy from Atlanta. We were transfixed. You only hit him if you swung in the right place. I was in the right place when Bud gave me the team.

I barely knew you. I don't have any illusions about capturing a new shortstop or replacement for Papi. But the World Series revenue is bigger this year, lights brighter, better, lighter and warmer when a man imbues a team he loves—even tabula rasa—with the attributes I believe reside in you. It's the small things that ultimately matter. The subtle things. Like middle relief.

I am honest. I don't play games. And I see no reason not to say that I've been smitten by your moves and you've done me a great service.

You've very innocently made my world richer, brighter, better, lighter and warmer and richer.

So thanks.

No response is necessary because an owner doesn't need to know nearly as much as he thinks he does.

But Henry waited for his response from Theo anyway. When it finally came, it wasn't quite what he'd hoped for.

An owner may not need to know as much as he thinks he does, but weirdness and pomposity should be acknowledged. I am not so naive as to believe I actually possess the talent you attribute to me. But thank you.


Big Mistake By the Lake

Javier Lopez watches the Cleveland Indians celebrate after the Indians won 9-8 in the ninth inning on an error by Lopez in a baseball game, Tuesday, April 28, 2009, in Cleveland.
(AP)

Gotta Get Away Javier?
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