With fans struggling to make ends meet, Ortiz won't just play out the end of his contract: "I'm not comfortable coming back just for one year because it's going to be the same roller-coaster that I had this year. All the question marks. People still don't realize what you're capable of doing even after eight years. I'm the kind of guy who likes to be left alone, play my game and be the best at my position." -- A shameless David Ortiz to Rob Bradford
"I represent the bullpen is too damn small party. Relievers are throwing 50 pitches a day and 5 times a week and some a side session. Papelbon can't throw another pitch... feeds hitters his fastball for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. His main job is to provide closure in the ninth inning, put wins in the standings, and money in his pocket. This is politics as usual ... playing the silly game in the bullpen. It's not gonna happen. The bullpen is too damn small movement represents relievers who don't feel safe in a 21-foot-wide bullpen. They're getting hit with home run balls right now as I speak. They can't throw side-by-side, get ready in time, or get people out ... listen.. a fan's stomach just growled... did you hear it? You gotta listen like me." -- Red Sox Nation gubernatorial candidate Jimmy McMillan
"We cannot afford player contracts that do not make long-term sense." -- Liverpool FC principal owner John Henry... wait... wasn't he the owner of the Red Sox when John Lackey was signed for five years and $82.5 million? Beckett's four-year, $68-million contract extension?
And Al Gore Invented the Internet ...
"When we arrived at the Red Sox [in 2002], the New York Yankees were a juggernaut and it wasn't that much of rivalry. We turned it into a rivalry..." -- Liverpool FC principal owner John Henry... Bill Lee, Carlton Fisk, 1978, will surely disagree
The First Flip-Flop Is In ...
"I think it's better the supporters' first experience of us as owners is at home [at Anfield.]" -- Liverpool FC principal owner John Henry who proceeded to attend the Merseyside derby at Goodison first. Result: Everton 2, Liverpool 0... and troubled gubernatorial candidate Tim Cahill scored one of the goals
Red Sox Fans Have Longed to Hear It The Liverpool Reds Are Part of NESV!
John Henry Now Has a New Team, New Players, New Money, a New NESN, an Old Stadium, and a Real Nation to Focus On... Good Thing All Is Well Back Here in America with the Boston Red Sox Red Sox Nation: 'N-E-S-V! NESV!, NESV!, NESV!' ...
John W. Henry ... dusting off the 2002 Red Sox purchase speech for LFC Nation... via guardian.co.uk live coverage: "I am proud and humbled. We have a lot of work to do, and I can't tell you how happy I am that [the deal] has been completed. We're here to win. We have a tradition of winning. We'll do whatever we need to do...."
"We regard our role as that of stewards for the club with a primary focus on returning the club to greatness on and off the field for the long-term. We are committed first and foremost to winning. We have a history of winning, and today we want LFC supporters [insert Red Sox Nation here] to know that this approach is what we intend to bring to this great club...
"Our first step as new owners will be to listen. We want to hear from the manager and the players and those who are part of the daily operation of the club. We will be visible at Anfield [insert Fenway] and will embrace and listen to those who have stood by this club and who are the rock on which its future success will be built. We want to hear from the fans, local leaders and the local community. We want to hear from those who know LFC [insert the Red Sox] best, who have made it the best and share our desire to return to a culture of winning."
Henry Won't Say It But Sox Fans Get Good News, Too McDonald Has Thumb Surgery! Salty Avoids Arbitration!
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Sox Fan: 'This Is a Slap in Our Faces'
Boston.com commenter ... on the purchase of the Liverpool FC: 04-Idiots wrote: "...And I hate to say this...but THIS is exactly why 'The Yankees' stay champions. Red Sox owners are more interested in the new shiny toy, Liverpool Soccer, than being 100% committed to the Boston Red Sox.
"In the end, this venture will be almost $900M.
"The purchase assumes the debt owed to the Royal Bank of Scotland ($405M) and 'THEN' the purchase of the team...$457M (approx). ...And the Red Sox are having 'Bridge Years'.
"The Steinbrenners spend it 'ALL' into the Yankees. They don't spend and buy 'Roush Brooklyn Nascar'...or 'Manchester-United'... it's 'ALL' Yankee Baseball. That's why they spend, spend and win!
"RSN are fools, if you think multiple-ventures, don't distract from singular investment-attention. You keep paying $14.95 for your RSN credit-cards with 'Member' on it...and enjoy repeat 'Bridge Years' as the owners will end up outbid for Carl Crawford, Cliff Lee and more...but hey, we have Liverpool Soccer, right?
"This is a slap in our faces."
Sox Fans, LFC Supports Squaring Off Online Already
DayLFC wrote: AND we dont have a single pennies worth of debt because ur owner paid this to RBS today.
YOU'LL NEVER WALK ALONE
"I believe that's the point, sunshine.
Henry paid off your debts, with money the Red Sox could use.
And you have some video posted here, telling us that is from GLOBAL success?
"If you had GLOBAL success singing "You Will Never Walk Alone", then why not pay your own debts off? You want to walk somewhere with me? How about walking over to Carl Crawford's agent and getting him signed for us?
"Nobody cares if Liverpool Soccer wins a - whatever it is "
Red Sox Owner Flies to London Hoping to Close Liverpool Deal If He Put This Much Effort Into Landing Mark Teixeira, We'd Be Playing Baseball in Boston on Friday
Henry Has Pint with Liverpool Supporters in Cambridge While Boston Fans Sit Home Alone on Couch to Watch Sox-Less Postseason Sox Owner Breaks Twitter Silence for Liverpool Supporters, While Red Sox Nation Left Hanging Online for a Year Former Rangers Owner Tom Broke the Rangers Hicks Claims Henry is Involved in 'Epic Swindle' for Football Club New NESV Video Produced to Impress Liverpool FC Fans... Since When Is Soccer Referred to As Football on an MLB Website? Sincerely, The National Football League Is Anyone Paying Attention to the Olde Towne Team?
"... [crickets] ... ... [crickets].... " -- What Red Sox fans who follow John Henry on Twitter heard over a year that saw the team make a slew bad signings, suffer through devastating injuries, and spend more days in third place since NESV took over its former favorite team
Rangers Go Off Cliff
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Texas, Lee Advance to Take on Yankees in ALCS While We're Stuck With Liverpool and Lackey in Boston
Top 10 Little Known Facts About the Red Sox Bid for Liverpool FC
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... with apologies to David Letterman:
10. Some Liverpool players are not fully on board with Theo Epstein's focus on "goal prevention," but they understand that this will be a "bridge year" for the Reds.
9. Rising star Uri Berenguer and old friend Nomar Garciaparra will be named as the new broadcast team for LFC TV and will call all the matches live from the NESN studios in Watertown. In addition, Garciaparra will be inserted as the lifetime President of Reds Nation.
8. More good news for Liverpool fans looking to save a few bucks: Ace Ticket will replace Standard Chartered Bank as the club sponsor and act as the primary ticket seller for all future matches.
7. In a bit of a surprise, Dr. Charles Steinberg will return as part of the new Liverpool braintrust and has already booked The Beatles to play on opening day 2012. Steinberg will also wear a red fur suit for all home matches in his role as the new team mascot, "Rally the Red Monster."
6. In lieu of building a new stadium at Stanley Park so Liverpool can compete with Manchester United, Anfield will get a new large sign that reads "England's Most Beloved Football Stadium."
5. In an in-house move, the Red Sox will ship Josh Beckett and an order of Legal Sea Food's fish & chips to Liverpool in exchange for speedy midfielder Jonjo Shelvey, who is expected to start in center field at Fenway next season.
Randy returns to the scene of the fine: Reporter: "Write the check yet, Randy?" Moss: "When you're rich you don't write checks." Reporter: "If you don't write checks, how do you pay these guys?" Moss: "Straight cash, homey." Reporter: "Randy, are you upset about the fine?" Moss: "No, cause it ain't #$%!. Ain't nothing but 10 grand. What's 10 grand to me? Ain't #@$!. Next time I might #@&$! %!& #@$%*!." -- Viking Randy Moss on getting fined for semi-mooning the crowd, ESPN/KARE-TV, Jan. 14, 2005