When do you go from being sentimental to being pragmatic? ... [W]hen you followed your heart, you rewarded Mike Lowell with a multiyear contract ... in hindsight it wasn't a good financial move.
Henry: In hindsight, most long-term free agent deals with players over 30 years of age are not good investments. There's a long history in baseball of teams that do it. It generally costs you more than you'd like in the last year or years of the contract.
So why do them?
Henry: It's part of the price you pay sometimes to win championships.Last year became known, unfortunately, as the Year of the Bridge --
Henry: Not because of us. When you are a general manager, you say a lot of things and somebody can pick up on one and make it a major issue. [Epstein] said that because we felt that by 2012 we'd have some young talent that's going to be ready. I don't know why that was perceived as a negative. For me it was a positive.Do you want to reassure Red Sox Nation? There have been grumblings that the product is being diluted.
Henry: How could it be diluted?
You're spending too much time on soccer.
Henry: Yeah, well, I'm not the general manager, the manager, or the CEO of the Red Sox.
November 5, 2010
John Henry On Soccer And The Sox
The Globe has some of Stan Grossfeld's Q&A with John Henry and Tom Werner late last month on the flight back to Boston from Liverpool. Some snips:
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