Boston 6, Baltimore 2 | Sox Fly Away Who Else But Pedroia to Play a Little Small Ball? Stop the Presses: Bats Bust Out for 13 Hits at Camden AG Is On Pace to Give Us a Whopping 6 HRs for the Season Another Ace Outing with Salty Behind the Dish Bravo TV: Crawford Hits and Scores Scutar0-for-4
"I just pitch well against this team. ... I just really don't know. I'm aware of the track record I have against them, but I don't know how to explain it." -- Lester does more vs. Baltimore
More Reasons Why DUI-Lowe Loved Drinking in the Back Bay ... No Driving
Shops at K-Mart 5, Shops at Cartier 4 | It's Been a Bard Day's Night Beckett Comes Completely Undone, Gives Up 2 Bombs, Won't Talk to TMZ If You Blinked Over the Weekend, You Missed the Crawford Turnaround Francona's Flatliners Find Another Way to Lose... Outfield Defense Worst Offense Ever Makes Jeremy Guthrie Look Like Jim Palmer CC Adds Another Tool to His Arsenal: Bouncing Into Double Plays Penny Wise: Showalter Put the Sox Money Where His Mouth Is Can We Get Back the Varitek that Was an Unfettered Mess?
"Obviously, that's a huge play [Ellsbury-Pedroia Bungle] any time you give them an extra out. It's not an error, but we didn't catch the ball." -- Tito ... who really wanted to say 'that's why I played Cameron in center!' ...
"I thought I threw the ball better tonight than I did in the earlier game (against Oakland) when I got a win out of it. I felt like I was throwing all my pitches for strikes. They sat back and hit a couple of good curve balls." -- The Curious Case of Clay Buchholz falls to 1-3
A Sweep, Another Shutout, and the Well Armed Machine Comes Roaring Back East
Boston 7, Anaheim 0 | Skip Lackey's Back in Familiar Surroundings The Pissed-Off-Bad-Beard-On Threw Like Brian Wilson for 8 Great Innings We'll Never Forget Where We Were When Carl Crawford Hit That Home Run Same Old Red Sox, Sweeping the Angels in Anaheim. Sincerely, Rex Ryan Yo, Adrian! Getting Close to the San Diego Version in California
"That's the first time I've pitched in the rain here, I think. It was pretty crazy to warm up in the rain. But I've played in Boston for more than a year now, so I've gotten used to throwing in the rain." -- Lackey has to rain on our parade and remind us that we have the worst weather in the world in Boston
New Found Glory
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The National Treasure Throws Another Gem
Boston 5, Worst Angels Team in Years 0 | Dice Rolls 1-Hitter Thru 8 Ells, Youk, JLoww Lead 11 Hit Attack for the Sox Mediocre Offense If You Missed Saturday Night's Historic Bruins Double-OT Win over Habs, NESN Proudly Showed You a Liverpool Soccer Replay Instead 2 More Slappy-Crappy Hits for Carl Crawford The 39-Year-Old Catcher? Still Locked In Told You So! Sincerely, Scott Boras Thomas 2012
"He was hitting his spots, and it looked like those guys weren't feeling comfortable at the plate." -- Kevin Youkilis interpreting Dice-K's start
It's All Coming Together on the California Coast ... a.k.a. It's Better to Be Lucky Than Good
Basement Boys 4, Monkey Business Goes Bankrupt 3 | Sox Starting to Look Better Seven Innings or Les: The Big Lefty Finds a Way to Win Without Best Stuff Again Car Accidents are Slowing Down to Watch Carl Crawford. Sincerely, Charlie Sheen If Bobby Jenks Earned a 'Hold' Last Night, That's the Worst Stat Ever And It Was the Angels Who Cleaned Up on David Ortiz This Too Will Pass: Sox Just Need to Stick with Salty Papelbon's Firing Away on All Free Agent Cylinders
"I remember back about the middle of that homestand, somebody asked me: 'What's the best way to get it going? And I said, 'A time or two through the rotation and have them give us a chance every night.' And that's exactly what's happened." -- Terry Francona.... Happy 52d!.... 52? ... Hmmm, Even Obama wants to see that birth certificate ...
"That's the situation you want to be in, especially in extra innings. You know if you come through, you've got your closer coming in. I'll take 15 runners stranded with a W. Doesn't matter." -- Adrian Gonzalez... who looks right at home on the west coast
The Big Payroll Team Pounds Away in Oakland Sox Road Woes Are Over for Now
Boston 5, Oakland 3 | They Take Won for the Road Not His Best Start, But It Was Enough to Get Clay Started Two Thumbs Up: Yoouuuuuk Starting to Hit Homers Again Yet Another Hit, and Even an RBI from Carl Crawesome Hall of Famer Jed Lowrie's Horrific Slump Is Officially Over Is Varitek and His .050 Average Really an Option? J.D. Drew Flying Under the Radar Pap Slapped Around a Bit Hat Tip: Daniel Bard
“He [Gonzalez] left a couple of pitches out over the plate and I got to capitalize on it... Buchholz threw the ball well today." -- Kevin Youkilis postgame
"...What are you going to do? I just work here." -- John Lackey. Not happy about being skipped, leaving early, or having to throw over to first help Salty survive
And just for the record, that wasn't the first time Youk overreacted to hearing boos at Fenway: " 'The way [fans] treat some people is just wrong. If you're going to be a loyal fan, be a loyal fan through thick and thin. There are some great fans out there, but there are some fans that I really, honestly believe, they listen to WEEI and that's their final opinion. I honestly think WEEI is what some people believe is what their [own] opinions are. Being a true fan is sticking by your [players] when they're struggling, not booing him when he's coming into a 2-2 game in the eighth inning... He [Julian Tavarez] had no reason to tip his hat to them, they've treated him bad all year. I was watching him every step and was saying to Mark [Loretta], 'Please do not tip your cap.' That's how I felt, for him. I was mad for him, because if he tips his cap here, he's giving in. And that's what the fans do, they give in... I'd rather have no one at the field than people booing me all day... Of course, fans' booing means they care, which is certainly better than apathy, right? Do they really care? They care about the team, but when they boo a specific individual, do they really care about that person? No. If you boo somebody, it's like you despise them.' " -- Sept. 6, 2006, Kevin Youkilis was Irked by testy fans at Fenway five years ago
Keep the Matsuzaka Marathon Jokes on the Back Burner... Along with the Boos
Boston 9, Toronto 1 | Dice O.K., Bats, Too Thanks for the Hits Youk... But Stop Telling Us We Can't Boo Poor Performers Minor Miracle: Crawford's Bat Finds the Ball and Hits the Wall J.D. Leadoff... Not the Worst Idea in the World Sam Fuld Wears Jed Lowrie Pajamas to Bed Jury Still Out on AG JLoww 2012
Yoouuuuuk still, shockingly, doesn't understand Boston, booing, or the last 100 Years of Red Sox baseball: “The one thing that was a little shocking is before the game he [Dice] got booed,... It’s funny how he came off the field and everyone was cheering. It’s kind of foot-in-the-mouth right there. But it’s good how he responded to that" -- In fact, it's so good how Dice responded that you could make an argument that Red Sox fans should gather in the bleachers before the game to boo him mercilessly in the bullpen before every Fenway start
“If I pitched badly, I thought there might not be another chance." -- Daisuke Matsuzaka... wonder if he was going to give back the money after his release...
And Jed Lowrie Shall Lead the Historic 2011 Red Sox Turnaround
Boston 4, Toronto 1 | Beckett OK for Second Straight Start JLoww Goes 3-for-5, Big Home Run, Batting Leadoff, and Hitting .500 Don't Worry: Crawford Kept Warm with Jim Rice's Snuggie During the Game Looks Like Mike Cameron Wants to Play a Little Bit Paidrian Gonzalez Gets a Hit, Too
"The hits are there right now. That nice. But it all comes down to preparation. I'm really happy with my preparation." -- Jed Lowrie... Can you pass that preparation thing on to the rest of the team?
The Second Chance to Start the Season Begins As Badly as the First Time Around
Second Place in AL East 7, Boooooooooo 6 | This Time They Come Undone in the 7th Bobby Jenks Thinks He's Part of Ozzie Guillen's 2011 Blow-It-Up Bullpen
Adding Insult to Embarrassment: Sox Brass Makes Players Wear Childish Fan Hats And the Godawful Red Circus Jerseys on a Night That Called for the Home Whites He's Hitting .137, Making $142 Million, and It Looks Like the Worst Signing in History Coco Crawful Can't Hit, Doesn't Hustle in Left, Gets Booed Last Night, Benched Today Way Too Laid Back Gonzalez Must Have Left His Power Stroke on the Left Coast Hey Curt Young, Sorry to Wake You, But Why Is Buchholz Going Backwards? The Only Good News Regarding Salty: He's Not Making $142 or $154 Million America's Most Beloved Advertising... Right Field Foul Line Be Damned!
"I probably could’ve jumped up at it [Travis Snider's RBI double] and given it that extra effort." -- Carl Crawful, stunningly not sure if he should be giving any extra effort to jump start the slip sliding away Red Sox
The One Man Show and Longtime Baseball Fan Thinks the Sox Have Too Much Talent to Remain in Baseball's Basement
At least one baseball fan thinks the Red Sox are going to start Winning! eventually.
After his performance at Boston University's Agganis Arena Tuesday night, Charlie Sheen and part of his entourage traveled over to Brighton at 12:30 a.m. and the explosive entertainer went on air live with 98.5 The Sports Hub's “Toucher and Rich’’ for about 90 minutes.
When he entered the studio, Sheen saw the Red Sox-Rays rebroadcast on TV and was informed that the Red Sox had the worst record in baseball. "Oh, that will change," he replied.
On the sports front, the 45-year-old Sheen talked about his plans to star in "Major League 3."
"We're definitely doing that, it's just a question of when." Sheen said. "The script's fabulous. It's excellent. It's really good... Pretty much everybody [is coming back from the original cast of "Major League"] except sadly James Gammon (who played manager Lou Brown), who's no longer with us."
Hosts Fred Toucher and Rich Shertenlieb convinced Sheen to make a few phone calls to some of his sports and celebrity contacts. They were soon live on the air with former New York Mets star Lenny Dykstra, whose memorable ballclub came from behind, two games to none, and beat the Red Sox in seven games to win the 1986 World Series. The former Mets catalyst talked about hitting Oil Can Boyd's third pitch of Game 3 of the '86 Series into the right field seats at Fenway Park.
"Actually, it was the first time in my career I tried to hit a home run," Dykstra said from California. "And I did... I tried to do something to shut the crowd down so I turned on a piece of cheese from Oil Can Boyd.... those were good times."
Sheen also had Shaq's number in his contact list, but did not make a call to the sitting Celtics center.
Later during the on-air Q&A, one caller wanted to know what Sheen would say to the Red Sox and their fans about the team's bad start.
"I'd tell everybody to shut up, that they'll bounce back," Sheen said. "It's a long season and there's a ton of talent there and a really bitchin' hitter's park they play in. Relax."
The controversial sit-com actor turned headline maker turned stage performer also shared his thoughts about possibly owning a baseball team himself someday.
"My friends have come up to me and said 'Hey, let's put a group together and buy the Dodgers,' and I said, 'Or, we could just go to a few games this year and go home and not worry about it and just enjoy them," Sheen said. "It just seems like more headaches than it's worth."
On the showbiz side, Sheen talked about being vilified by CBS prior to getting fired from the comedy "Two and a Half Men" for having a lifestyle that "that the show was created behind."
"It was a little disappointing," Sheen said. "Had they [CBS] told me, like toward the end of season eight, that suddenly that [behavior] wasn't going to be cool, then I would have adjusted my behavior, but they forgot to mention that."
Sheen also said he's been in discussions with CBS about returning to the hit series and said there is an "85 percent" probability that he will be coming back to start working on the show by August. "There've been discussions, but I was asked not to divulge anything," Sheen said of a potential return to the series.
"...If they [CBS] had to keep the money train going without me, they'd want to do that with somebody else," Sheen said when asked about the possibility of someone replacing him on the show. "But this is a bit time-sensitive as far as having to make the announcement at the up-fronts [advertising agency lineup presentation] in like mid-May. So it's either the show with me, ,the show with someone else, or just no show. So I don't know. Whatever happens, it's going to be radical...
"But I'm doing everything I can right now to make good and give the people what they want which is me on that show... I have tremendous faith that they're going to do the right thing." Sheen, who filed a $100 million lawsuit against Warner Bros. and "Two and a Half Men" producer Chuck Lorre, also said he is not currently receiving syndication payments for the re-runs that air daily.
More Days in 30th Place The Worst Record in Baseball Belongs to the Best Team Ever
Without Manny and Longoria 3, The Losing LeBrons 2 | And the Beat Goes On Even Charlie Sheen Left Early When He Could See the Rays Were Winning! John Lackey Better Be Wearing His Sam Fuld Pajamas to Bed Tonight Johnny Be Good Again. The Curse of Booing a 2004 Hero Continues Adrian Gonzalez Moves Slower Than My Grandmother's Dinosaur One Small Move to Stop the Free Fall: Play Lowrie Everyday No Patience, No Power, and Now Batting .152. It's Just Crawful Too Bad We Couldn't Sign a Righthanded LF Werth the Money The Right Stuff? The Sox Didn't Have It and Paid the Price Jon Lester Pitched Well... Just Well Enough to Lose Kevin Youkilis Picked a Fine Time to Come Undone Home Run DMc
"We need a night where we show up and just pound the baseball ..." -- Jon Lester ... puts the stink back on Dustin Pedroia and the offense
Curse of Booing Johnny Damon 16, The Fading LeBrons 5 | Dice Lit Up Early and Often Remember When We Tracked Dice-K on John's Plane? That Was Awesome. Love Him or Hate Pinstripes: That's Just Johnny Damon Being Johnny Damon The Seibu Lions Are Laughing Their Asses Off on Their Gold Plated Toilets Yep, Papi Is the Only AL Player with at Least 1 Triple for 12 Straight Years More Good News: CC Scratches Out Two Hits to Raise His Average to .163 Sam Fuld. Sox Fold.
"A magnificient effort by everyone!"
-- John Henry on today's game via Facebook... Liverpool-Manchester City, not Sox-Rays...
At the End of the Night, It Was a Great Day for the Red Sox
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Hey, 3-out-of-4 Ain't Bad!
Liverpool Crushed Manchester City 3-nil ... That's Like 16-5 in Baseball New Edition LeBron James Knocked in 34 for the Heat Down in Atlanta Carl Edwards Regained His Rightful Spot Atop the NASCAR Standings And There Was the Little Problem of Lighting $103 Million on Fire
"I just can't imagine anyone wanting to boo Johnny Damon... all he did was hustle here for four years." -- 4.30.06, Peter Gammons
"The right thing to do is a raucous standing ovation... show some class. Show some common sense." -- 4.30.06, The Boston Globe's Bob Ryan
“I think he’s gonna get a lot of cheers, you’re gonna have your boo-birds, (but they'll) kinda get drowned out by a lot of applause because he's done so much for this club.” -- 4.27.06, former Red Sox center fielder Coco Crisp
"First time up, standing ovation." -- 4.30.06, The RemDawg
"The ideas emanating from the lunatic fringe of Red Sox Nation — that Damon is a 'traitor,' that he has gone from 'Jesus to Judas,' that he should be called 'Demon' instead of 'Damon' — are not worthy of serious discussion." -- 4.30.06, Ken Rosenthal, Foxsports.com
"I think the fans will cheer for what we accomplished the last few years, and boo the fact that I'm a Yankee." -- 4.30.06, Johnny Damon
" 'I think he's probably going to get a heavy booing. You go from Red Sox Nation to a big Yankee. I'm sure there will be a lot people who will cheer him, but I think you'll hear pretty loud boos. That's just how the fans are... No one ever leaves their job for a job that pays more money, 'Why would [fans] understand? We're just overpaid, spoiled kids.' " -- 5.1.06, Keith Foulke, his words dripping with sarcasm
(Oct. 20, 2004: Boston Globe Staff Photo / Stan Grossfeld)
Boston Never Forgets One of the 25
(Oct. 20, 2004: Boston Globe Staff Photo / Jim Davis)
Give It Up for the Guy Who Gave His All ... All the Time
(Oct. 6, 2003: Boston Globe Staff Photo / Barry Chin)
Thanks for the Memories Johnny
(Feb. 22, 2005: Boston Globe Staff Photo / Jim Davis)
Final: Boston 4, New York Nothing | Sox Had an Ace in the Hole Tonight We're Gonna Party Like It's 2007: Josh Dominates Yankees Like the Old Days Beckett Strikes Out 10 Bombers with the Big Powerball, Sharp Curve While You Were Reading This Captain Dustin Pedroia Got On Base Who Who Scutaro Comes Through with Clutch Two Run Double Cam-for-Ells Slow Roller Knocks in a Run Hey Pedey, They Pitched Better We're Sick of A-Rod, Too 'Tek's Off the Market
" 'Tek and I were really clicking. We do that a lot." -- Josh Beckett makes it clear who he wants catching him for the rest of the season, 'Teknically speaking
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0-for-5 Drops CC to a Woeful .132 $142 Million Goes 1-for-15 vs. Yankees at Fenway What's Going Wrong Here?
Theo Epstein was not about to hold back when manager Terry Francona asked the Sox GM if he thought the ballclub would win one more game: "Not one, not two, not three, not four," Epstein said. And he wasn't finished. "Not five, not six, not seven. ..." The locker room roared.
Not Even Sure If He Could Purchase a Ticket to View the Hall of Fame at This Point Manny Was Bangin' 7 Ounce Needles a Night in Cleveland and Finishing Them Because That's How He Rolled. Sincerely, Charlie Sheen Yep. He Was the Manny of Old This Spring All Right With Plenty of 'Splainin' to Do... He's Off to Spain One Last Time for the Road: Manny Being Manny | What a Career
The Fighting LeBrons Set to Crush Yankees in Home Opener
John Henry's Store-Bought Offense Will Shine Like the April Sun Today
John Lackey Is Going to Earn Every Penny of His Insane Contract Today
The Boston Defenders Will Catch Every Ball That's Hit in Play Today
Phil Hughes Will Cry and Crumble Before He Takes the Field Today
Carl Crawford Will Be a One Hundred Forty Two Million Dollar Player Today
Adrian Gonzalez Will Tattoo the CVS Mini Clinic Sign on the Left Field Wall
Fans Will Line Up to Take Photos of the New Cement Floor in the Concourse
And Terry Francona Will Manage Like Brad Mills Is Calling the Shots Next to Him
"We certainly were aware it could happen [squeeze for a run]... They're not going to tell us. You pick your poison, they executed it, and it hurts.
"He [Darnell McDonald] went around second like he was supposed to and he just slipped and when you're playing like we are... every mistake mounts. we have to start playing like when someone slips it doesn't cost us a ballgame." -- Terry Francona postgame on NESN
Losing Streak Is Alive at Five Mistakes Deep-Six Sox Again Team in Complete Disarray
Cleveland 8, Loston 4 | Best Team Never Ever Wins Asdrubal Cabrera Puts an End a Big Market Teams' World Series Dream Hit Me With Your Best Shot: A Devastating Bullpen Collapse by Sox, Dennys Dream Team Batting Ave. .190, ERA 8.33, Games Left to Play: Only 157 I Think We Need to Have a Team FSG Meeting. Sincerely, LeBron James WE WON'T REST Until We're 0-6. All In? The Captain Was Confused
"This game will humble you in a hurry and it's doing that to us right now. We've got to start acting like a good team... We've got to find a way to win a game. I don't think many of us is going to sleep, so we might as well go ahead and play pretty soon. ... We can't feel sorry for ourselves." -- Terry Francoma (and "Francoma" was trademarked right here Charlie Sheen, as was Garciapopup, Dice-K, J-Bay, Rent-a-Wreck, and many more!)
Sox Coin a New Catch Phrase in Cleveland The 'Best Team Never' Drops to an Ugly 0-4 And If They Don't Make History, They're History
Cleveland 3, Bad News Bears 1 | And Now the Offense Is Killing Us Did You Know? No Team Has Won the World Series After Starting 0-4? Josh Tomlin: Salary: $417,200. How's That Taste, Theo? Sincerely, Buck Showalter Looked Like Another Progressive Field Sell Out. Sincerely, Red Sox PR Dept. So Much for Beckett's Soft Landing ... 106 Pitches in Just 5 Innings The Plane Truth: Sox Fans Getting Sick After This Rough Flight More Good News: Crawford's Skittish on Defense, Too Coming to an Also-Ran Near You: Closer Bobby Jenks So Who Was That Guy With the 'C' on His Uniform? How Long Can They Hide Scutaro at Short? Carl Crawful ...Meet Edgar Rent-a-Wreck Salty's Not Catching On
"We need some kind of spark right now. It's a little surprising, frustrating. We've got high hopes for this season." -- Carl Crawford... was supposed to be the spark
"You can't say this wasn't expected to a certain degree. Lots of new parts on this squad. There is always a chance (and almost certainty) that a team will lose 4 games in a row at least once in their season. However, what's most concerning is the god awful pitching. This was a group a few short years ago that was characterized by determination and guts. Now it just looks like a culture of laziness and bitterness." -- Big Bill H.
"Jacoby Ellsbury should be renamed 'Trade Bait.' His constant upper cut swing brings back Memories of Garciapopup ... Hey Jacoby 'YO NO BIG PAPI,' BUNT THE BALL!!! Any way we can get Reymond Fuentes back from San Diego for Ellsbury straight up? -- Joe
The Buch Doesn't Stop Here Clay Makes It Another Home Run Derby And It's a Texas Fold 'Em for the 'Best Team Never'
Texas 5, Boston 1 | Homers on the Rangers Complete Sweep While You Are Reading This, The Rangers Hit Another Homer Off a Red Sox 'Ace' Get Him Gonzo: AG 0-for-4, Joins Part-of-the-Problem Crowd for a Day. Ells, Too Who Saw That Coming? Carl Crawfordable at $142M Gets Dropped Down to 7th And He Comes Through with His First Two Boston Hits and an RBI Dirt Napoli: 11 HRs By Rangers Put Sox Six Feet Under What's Hot: "100 Losses!", What's Not: "100 Wins!" At Least Papelbon Hasn't Changed So Salty's Gonna Hit, Right? Et Tu, Clay? Really?
"We got outplayed all the way around. They hit better than us, they pitched better than us. Now we've got to regroup and get us a win so we can feel better about ourselves." -- Terry Francona, Red Sox manager... for now...
Texas 12, Greatest Team Ever 5 | Arlington Road is Another Dead End for Sox Violent Torpedo of Truth: Charlie Sheen Had a Better Night Than John Lackey Meet the New John Lackey, Same as the Old John Lackey No. It Wasn't a Good Idea to Set the Stage for Adrian Beltre Is Carl Crawford Collapsing Under the Weight of a $142 Million Contract? Dan Wheeler Looks Like a Theo Epstein Bullpen Pickup All Right Lucky Buchholz, the Nation Turns Its Lonely Eyes to You Stop the Bleeding and Move AG Up Front in the Order, Tito More Good News: NESN to Force Liverpool's 2-1 Loss to West Brom Down Your Throat Tonight at 8
"If he [Josh Hamilton] hits a ball and you asked me why I didn't walk him, I wouldn't have had a good answer. He has had so much success against Lack." -- Tito, on the hot seat already
Texas 9, Boston 5 | Can't Win 100 Until You Win No. 1 Lester Gives Up 3 Homers, Strikes Out Zero Batters, But Hits 2 Guys So Carl Crawford Is Basically Lee Tinsley With a Bigger Contract? It's Been a Bard Days Night and He Was Pitching Like a Dog Why Can't We Get Guys Like David Murphy, Lobie? Papi Can Hit Some of the Lefties, Some of the Time Can't Blame This One on Beckett or Papelbon Bright Side: AG OK
"I really don't care about April. It's nice to go out and pitch well, but at the end of the year, everything speaks for itself. It sucks at the time, but everything pretty much speaks for itself at the end of the year. I'll get going when I get going. I don't know what it is. I don’t know what to do. I've done different things each year, and I'll just go about it this year and see what happens." -- Jon Lester when asked about his slow starts in April upon arrival in Fort Myers in February
Breaking News from England: John Henry to Sell Liverpool Reds
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Red Sox Owner Plans to Unload Liverpool Football Club and Get Back to Baseball in Boston
April 1, 2011, 8:57 a.m. E.D.T.: With the start of the Red Sox season just hours away, Liverpool Football Club (LFC) and Boston Red Sox owner John Henry is putting the Liverpool Reds up for sale immediately. Henry, who purchased LFC for $476 million in October, is "looking for upwards of $1 billion" for the venerable 118-year-old English Premier League franchise.
"I'm done with this," Henry wrote in an e-mail to Boston Dirt Dogs earlier this morning from his estate in London. "Between the godawful weather over here, all the time... you thought I looked pale in Boston? You should see me now, but I digress... the always terrible food, Linda [Pizzuti] running up credit cards at Christie's, Bonhams, and Sotheby's on a daily basis... Tom [Werner] wandering around the streets of London all day, no idea what to do... this antiquated Anfield dump we have to watch these matches in... you thought Fenway Park was old? This place makes Fenway look like Cowboys Stadium..."
But Henry insisted that the overriding reason he is selling the soccer team is that he misses baseball and living in Boston.
"They flew me back for the Adrian Gonzalez press conference, and I didn't even know where I was," Henry said. "I was spending every waking moment worrying about this freakin' soccer team... a team that's scored just one goal in its last three matches!... So I started to realize then just how out of touch I was with America, the Red Sox, and all that was happening back in Boston.
"When we bought the team in 2001, I said at the time that the Boston Red Sox are a special franchise that deserved special attention and stewardship. Well somewhere along the way, while we were building Fenway Sports Ventures or whatever it is we're calling it, I lost my way. At the end of the day, I'm a baseball guy, not a soccer guy. It's the most boring game on earth... I learned the hard way. Did you know they don't use their hands, at all?!?"
Henry also said that others in the Red Sox organization pushed him into the Liverpool purchase when Tom Hicks and George Gillett were forced to sell to repay 200 million pounds of the club’s 351 million pounds of debt.
"Tom [Werner], but I think this was [former NESN chief] Joel Feld talking, said this soccer thing was going to be big on NESN, that we would 'knock Comcast out of the ring'... was what I think he said at the time. Well guess what? You can take soccer, the NASCAR nonsense, Dirty Water TV, Pocket Change, NESN Daily, all our award-winning programming... and the numbers are still smaller than the number of goals the Reds score on a weekly basis... Baseball is the only thing that gets us ratings on NESN.
"So my plan is to get the 'For Sale' signs up everwhere, gas up my plane, and land back in Boston in time to see Lester throw his first pitch in Texas. I'm back baby!"