Red Sox owner says 'ethos is to win' (but he's talking about Liverpool)
Red Sox owner John Henry is dealing with crises on both sides of the Atlantic. Monday, he sent out an open letter to fans of his Liverpool soccer team, insisting that he's not cheap and that he wants to win. Change a few words, and he could use the same letter for the Red Sox.
John Henry's latest open letter opens with words that any Red Sox fan could understand.
"I am as disappointed as anyone," the Red Sox owner began, in his letter to fans . . . of Liverpool.
I guess the nice thing about owning two teams in crisis is that you can write the same words on both sides of the Atlantic. One size fits all, or something like that.
"The ethos is to win," Henry wrote. "We will invest to succeed. But we will not mortgage the future with risky spending."
We will do our best to dump bad contracts, whether they belong to failed pitchers (Josh Beckett) or failed strikers (Andy Carroll). We feel your pain, whether it's from the worst three-game start in 50 years (Liverpool) or the worst three-game series in 34 years (Red Sox).
"No one should doubt our commitment to the club," Henry's letter read.
He then went on to defend his manager (Brendan Rodgers), in one of the few signs that this letter was about soccer, and not about baseball. Monday, Henry was reportedly on his way to Seattle, to deal with his latest Bobby Valentine crisis with the Red Sox.
Of course, Henry and his Red Sox buddies just got done firing one Liverpool manager. They can still blame their Liverpool problems on "the errors of previous regimes," even though many of the mistakes have been made since Henry and Co. took over.
The latest issue dealt with Liverpool's performance on Transfer Deadline Day, which is roughly the equivalent of baseball's July 31 non-waiver trading deadline.
Liverpool loaned out Carroll, without having a replacement in place. They tried to buy American Clint Dempsey from Fulham, but were accused of putting in an embarrassingly low bid, leading Fulham to sell Dempsey to Tottenham Hotspur instead.
The dealings are being referred to as a "fiasco" and a "debacle" in the London papers, and reports portray Rodgers as being angry with the owners.
The manager isn't happy. The fans aren't happy. It all sounds so familiar.
"Most of all, we want to win," Henry insisted in his letter. "That ambition drives every decision. . . . We will deliver what every long-term supporter of Liverpool Football Club aches for."
And that's to win a World Series, er, Premier League title.