Re: When will the Red Sox get their identity back?
posted at 8/26/2012 5:39 AM EDT
In Response to Re: When will the Red Sox get their identity back?
[QUOTE]They are a lot different from the Marlins. They still have the $$ to field a top notch team...Difference is they have to spend it more wisely and i would bet they will, starting this offseason. I just read someone say they will be a 4th place doormat for the next few years...To me, thats laughable. Folks who think it will be years before this team is competitive again apparently dont understand that this is NOT a low budget team.
Posted by southpaw777[/QUOTE]
On another thread Henry is being accused of "dismantling" the Sox. In some eyes, Henry has committed the unpardonable sin of becoming wealthy. ( I am as uncomfortable with right-wing clap trap as with left-wing clap trap. ) He has spent and made a ton of money on the franchise, and come out ahead. That is good business. It's laughable to accuse him of being anything but generous with this team. Witness the three contracts now residing in LA. With those contracts aboard, the team has a miserable record since last September first. The investment wasn't paying off. Henry and Company decided to divest themselves of the heaviest financial baggage. If reports are true, the cost of divestment was 12 million dollars. That's close to robbery.
If Henry and Company made this move because they are getting ready to sell and wanted to remove bloated contracts, that, too, would be a good business move. It's their team. They bought it, and they can sell it. In the meantime, under this ownership, for about a decade, the Sox were a competitive team and won the WS twice. You have to go back to the early part of the 20th Century to find anything comparable.
I doubt that this ownership has any intention of allowing this franchise to sink into sclerotic mediocrity. How they intend to avoid that fate remains to be seen. And their efforts may fail. Or moves may not pay off right away. If so, fans will just have to hold their horses until winning horses are in place again. It is pointless to moralize about the motives of the ownership. Or to gnash teeth.
What's new is now the question. That will be seen soon enough in addition to the good move the FO just made. More surprises may be store during the next five weeks and the offseason. Maybe not big surprises but more moves.
Let's see what happens before writing off the team "for years to come," or even for 2103, for that matter, until the dust settles.