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Maybe Crawford won't hear about this in Houston: "Anyone involved in the process, anybody involved in upper management with the Red Sox, will tell you that I personally opposed that. They all know that... Why? Because we had plenty of left-handed hitting. I don’t have to go into why. I’ll just tell you at the time that I opposed the deal.” -- John 'Don't Blame Me! I voted for McGovern' Henry

After his impromptu radio appearance this afternoon, John Henry addressed the assembled media outside 98.5 The Sports Hub studios in Brighton.

“There seems to be this idea on some of the radio shows that we smeared Tito [Francona],” Henry said following his 70 minute Q&A session. “I thought they [radio show hosts Mike Felger and Tony Massarotti] were hitting below the belt. I just decided to go and talk with them.”

Henry was asked to share his thoughts on the team’s September collapse being tied to reports of ongoing clubhouse issues.

“I saw the games and I didn’t see anybody who wasn’t busting their ass trying to win baseball games,” Henry said. “We’re looking into these things and at the proper time we’ll have comments.”

Henry said he got a good report on the clubhouse from general manager Theo Epstein on Sept. 13.

“We received an email that things were good in the clubhouse,” Henry said. “I think this all sort of broke after that time. There were some issues going on before that, doubleheader and so forth. It was later on after the season ended that we heard about these other things.”

Henry addressed questions about multiple reports that Epstein is leaving the Red Sox to join the Chicago Cubs organization.

“He’s spoken with the Cubs,” Henry confirmed. “I’m not sure that we’ve actually given permission to hire him, we allowed for there to be a conversation…

“At some point, Theo decided that 10 years was a long time to be general manager of the Red Sox. I don’t think people realize what these two people, Tito and Theo, gave over the last eight and nine years respectively. They brought two World Series to Boston and it’s 162 games, 365 days a year. It’s tremendous pressure so we knew at some point that he [Epstein] was not going to be general manager of the Boston Red Sox and we knew that was probably going to be, almost certainly going to be by the end of next year so, this wasn’t a surprise.”

Henry, who during the radio interview said he was initially against the Carl Crawford free-agent signing, was asked about the revelation.

“Yeah, but not to the point where we didn’t do the deal,” Henry said of the $142 million dollar transaction. “If there are enough of us usually someone is against every deal and it just happened to be I was the one at that time. I only said that because they’re in there on the radio trying to say that we spent $300 million for P.R. purposes which is ludicrous misinformation.”


Wait, Did Henry Say Ludicrous or Ludacris?

Did Henry Say Ludicrous or Ludacris
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