John Henry finally touched base with the passionate fans of a certain team in transition this morning. The Red Sox? No, the Reds. As in the Liverpool Football Club Reds.
The Red Sox principal owner and prospective Reds buyer broke his year long silence on his Twitter account by offering encouragement to fans of the Premier League football club on the morning of the critical court case that will determine whether Henry's New England Sports Ventures (NESV) will be allowed to buy the venerable soccer team.
"...everyone is hoping for the best," Henry said in a message to Liverpool fans on his Twitter account today. "There have been enough twists and turns. Hopefully all gets sorted out soon; LFC moves forward."
Liverpool, which won the last of its 18 English league titles in 1990, is off to its worst start to a season since 1953.
Before today, Henry's last tweet was over a year ago, after the Red Sox lost the first two games to the Angels in the 2009 ALDS. "Angel pitching dominant in first two games," Henry tweeted at the time. "We've been here before a couple of times." The Sox went on to lose Game 3 and the series at Fenway when the Angels rallied for a comeback win off Jonathan Papelbon in ninth inning and advanced to ALCS.
Today, Henry broke his silence on the Liverpool takeover situation when he tweeted: “Hello LFC supporters!"
In response to questions, Henry said: “It would be inappropriate and presumptuous at this time to respond to questions. In the interim, we're all rooting for the same thing.”
Henry later added, "One question I can answer: Who are we?" and linked to a new video about NESV.
According to the Liverpool Echo newspaper, Henry is looking forward to getting together with Liverpool fans.
"Mr Henry is said to have become increasingly frustrated that he has not yet been able to travel to Merseyside to meet fans and do interviews," according to the Echo.
Royal Bank of Scotland, which holds the bulk of Liverpool's debt, is seeking a court order preventing co-owners Tom Hicks and George Gillett Jr. from removing two of the three rival board members supporting a $476 million sale to New England Sports Ventures.
You can follow the proceedings from the High Court in London live here on LFC online and on Twitter @liverpool.
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