The Red Sox offseason soap opera added another chapter Friday afternoon when owner John Henry went on a local radio station to discuss his team. The whole thing was a bad idea if you ask me, but hey, it's his organization. He has the right to constantly keep it in the news, even if it's for negative reasons.
Click here to listen to the full interview via CBS Boston.
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While we're here, it's a bit absurd how much ire general manager Theo Epstein has drawn for the Crawford signing. Yes, he was awful in 2011, but no one had a crystal ball. Here is what Crawford's average season was from 2004-2010: .301/.344/.461, 27 doubles, 13 triples, 14 home runs, 73 RBI, 95 runs, 49 stolen bases. He was also a Gold Glove left fielder and only 29 years old. Considering he'd be moving to a better lineup and better hitter's park, there was every reason to believe he'd be even better. You can say they overpaid for those numbers, and they probably did, but that's what the Yankees and Red Sox do. The fact that Crawford was a bust in '11 is on Crawford, not Epstein, Henry or anyone else. And it will honestly be pretty surprising if Crawford doesn't bounce back with a good season in 2012.
Anyway, here are some more highlights of the interview:
• On the Boston Globe article that said manager Terry Francona was distracted by marital and prescription drug problems during the season: “It’s reprehensible that was written about in the first place,” said Henry (CBS Boston). “If it’s someone within the team, and that’s what it says in the newspaper, I’m upset about it. And I’ve been upset about it.”
• Francona was not fired: “That is just factually incorrect,” Henry said of the firing talk (CBS Boston). “We didn’t fire him. He told us in the first meeting we had with him, he was not the voice to lead this team.”
• Henry said the starting pitching failed, but that Josh Beckett is one of the most competitive players he's ever met. He also said he's going to talk to the team about leadership in the clubhouse.
• On Epstein: "I would have loved for Theo to be our GM for the next 20 years. ... I did everything I could personally to make that happen."
• "I think the chaos that's going on is much more external than internal. The Red Sox aren't in ashes. That's not how we feel about it."
• Henry believes Epstein never saw himself as the long-term GM due to the demands of the job.
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