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Tuesday, November 22, 2005

The Emperor May At Least Wear A Toga
John Henry pulls back the curtain on Sons Of Sam Horn Website

"It is virtually impossible to stop leaks in Washington or in sports. The promise of anonymity eliminates accountability and makes it impossible to “discipline” anyone. The Plumbers were formed to plug leaks in the White House. Witch hunts can be more damaging than leaks."

-John W. Henry

"Q-Who was the one that did not want the Bigbie deal to go through?

JWH-Me! You probably think I’m joking, but unlike the media, I was there."
-Red Sox owner John Henry to a SOSH poster

Henry Continues About "meddling" and the Colorado debacle:
"In short, the external speculation about “meddling” within the Red Sox is misguided and Theo would be the first to agree with me. Theo made the baseball decisions. Were there instances where he didn’t do a deal based on questions we asked or opinions he received? Probably. Almost certainly. We value each others’ opinions. Part of what a GM does is weigh everything associated with transactions.In the Colorado deal late one night I called Theo with questions about that deal in comparison to the one the we actually ended up doing. I preferred the one we did. I didn’t want to give up prospects when we had a comparable alternative that involved paying dollars in lieu of prospects. It was that simple and that innocent. How Larry or anyone else got the blame – I have not a clue. What I didn’t know at the time was that Colorado made a trade thinking I was going to rubber stamp it that night, because that is usually what happens. It’s never been reported that I stepped into the middle of that. I wrote a note of apology to Josh over it, but Larry received the blame in the following days in the media. Then Theo took responsibility a few days later but the stories still continue about it."
-Q&A With Red Sox owner John Henry

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