During last year when the Boston Red Sox were dumping off big-name players like Josh Beckett and Adrian Gonzalez, there was speculation that the Red Sox owners were looking to sell the team. If the organization was letting go of some of the high-priced contracts, the sale of the team would more attractive to potential buyers.
Red Sox principal owner John Henry told the Boston Herald’s Steve Buckley that the team is not on the market:
“I’ve not had one partner in 11 years suggest thinking about selling the Red Sox, even though they haven’t received dividends. There’s a great, abiding love among the partners for the Sox. And Tom, Larry and I still look forward to driving into Fenway’s parking lot every day as much as we did at the beginning. Who wouldn’t want to work there? It’s a privilege.”
2012 was tough year for not only the team and Red Sox fans, but also for the owners as well. The owners are likely going to see the tickets sell out streak at Fenway Park end. Fans are still heated from the circus that was Bobby Valentine, the trading of a few beloved players like Kevin Youkilis and the issue of some players more concerned about beer, fried chicken and video games.
Fans were questioning the moves and motives of the Red Sox owners and have voiced their opinions on blogs, Facebook, and Twitter.
Some fans wanted the rumors of selling the team to be true, but they need to remember the two World Series titles that the front office and ownership help bring to Boston. Henry brought in Theo Epstein and Terry Francona. Granted, both are no longer with the team, yet it does show that he has a great eye for talent.
2013 looks to be a great and promising year for Boston. Most of their stars are healthy and there are a few dynamite prospects that should make an impact for the team. I am glad to hear that Henry is not looking to sell the team.