Of course much separates these two men. Loria's Marlins are a small market club with a dwindling fanbase, which somehow managed to con Miami into financing a $515 million dollar stadium. He immediately went back on his pledge to field a competitive team, something agreed to as a condition of financing said stadium, and MLB's Bud Selig signed off on the deal anyway with the same nonchalance he treated the PED issue. Who can be bothered with such petty matters, when it's only Baseballs fans/players who are hurt? It's not as if someone wealthy has suffered harm, after all. Our boy Loria jettisoned every top player he had, and now has a target of $34 million for this coming season. You heard that right-$34 million!! There are rumblings of a fanbase revolt brewing, along with calls for a boycott of all things Marlins. I wish them well in their efforts, as should anyone with half a conscience.
But what about our guy? John Henry is the principle owner of a large market club with the highest ticket prices in Baseball, the 2nd largest TV revenues, and the 2nd, 3rd, or 4th highest total revenues in baseball, depending on who sold the most advertising , hot dogs, and beers that season. Yet we've now done exactly what the Marlins have done-extracted all the top talent from our team and thrown it away in a giant salary dump. Now, we can argue that our jettisoning of talent is justified, and is designed to benefit the team longterm-and maybe it is. But Jeffrey Pinocchio Loria is arguing the exact same thing, and I'm here to tell you I don't believe a word he says. It's a classic tale of corporate greed and deceit, and it's not the 1st time he's pulled this trick. But Henry is trusted you say-a different man. I agree...to a point. He's never sunk as low as Loria has, but he's had several seasons where even the least critical among us were given reason to doubt his willingness to field a contending team. When he sat idly by and watched an excessive amount more Benjamins roll in than out, and liked it. But he's never done what he's done now-jettison almost every high priced piece we had and lick his chops as the cash rolled in. Never!~ Until now. Now we sit here in 2012 beholding two men with an identical approach to their respective teams. Neither team, as currently staffed, could beat a womans field hockey team in a game of checkers, let alone on a baseball diamond. Loria has stated his intention to stand pat and suck up the dollars-and let the fans eat cake! The question I have is: Does John Henry plan to do the same to us? And please do remember, we have at least quadruple the amout of resources/revenue than Miami has. I am watching this off season with a VERY discriminating eye, and I know I am not alone. Gomez?! Are you freaking kidding me?? And no, I don't feel any better because we gave him 3-4 million more than we should have! He's a lousy fielder and a mediocre hitter who should never have been signed. And to me it's indicative of a GM who's been told "the purse is closed for this year, why not check out the bargain basement racks?" I guess what I am saying is this: don't you even think of pulling it John. While the people of Miami may or may not rise up in outrage, the good folks of Boston have a history built on uprisings. I'd not test their resolve. Restore the talent level on this team, and be quick about it. We've all been patient long enough, and phony discussions about "bridge years" will not be entertained.