John Henry, the owner of the Boston Red Sox, simply watched his team sink lower and lower in the standings in 2012. Let’s consider a few things Red Sox owner Henry could have done to help the team this season. A few actions might have saved the season, shown that he cared and given hope to Red Sox Nation.
He could have done the old George Steinbrenner deal and simply taken charge. Funny, his hands-off method works when you’ve got a good manager and GM like Tito Francona and Theo Epstein but when you’ve got Bobby Valentine and Ben Cherington in those respective spots, you need the boss to be the boss.
His first move should have been to fire Valentine. Actually, his first move should have been to have not hired Valentine, but since that was a done deal, he should have fired him. It’s that simple. If it sounds cold hearted, it is. Then again, Valentine isn’t winning any warm hugs awards. God, you’re replacing Tito, the man who guided the team to two World Series wins and real gentleman, with a buffoon who was exiled to the Japanese league. Does that make sense to you?
If you’re going to replace Theo Epstein do not replace him with a guy who has been working with him and been groomed by him. If Epstein was a problem bring in someone entirely new. And hire someone who will take command and now kowtow to CEO and President Larry Lucchino.
Tell Lucchino to do his job and let the general manager do his. If you want Lucchino to be GM also, then make him GM. I think the guy is bad news at this point.
Make sure your guys are getting things done on deadline. At the mid-season meeting, with the playoffs on the line, for god sakes why didn’t you do something? What did he do? Henry and company sat around in an All-Star break meeting and I guess they came up with some strategy that seemed to include inaction. Also, with the trade deadline looming, get a deal done. What a hot mess that was as the Red Sox virtually insured their last place finish by doing precious little.
Finally, sell the team. Please sell the team to someone who has the guts to make strong decisions. Maybe Henry has been spending too much time being an ineffective owner of the Premiere League Liverpool team to really attend to the Red Sox. Or maybe he just doesn’t care. I’m not sure. But it would be great to actually have an owner who when it is needed can take charge.