OBF: When it comes to the Red Sox, John Henry’s silence is far from golden

Red Sox proprietor John W. Henry seems to be following the lead set by then-president Gerald Ford when it got here to bailing out Gotham City throughout its malaise of the mid-Nineteen Seventies.

That second was immortalized by the New York Daily News.

“Ford To City: Drop Dead”

By not speaking and never doing, Henry has confirmed what’s on everybody’s thoughts: the Red Sox have develop into the red-headed stepchild of the Fenway Sports Group portfolio.

“Henry To Sox: Drop Dead.”

Henry continues to stroll away actually and metaphorically from addressing any issues in regards to the Major League Baseball staff that operates underneath his firm masthead.

Henry hasn’t taken reside in-person questions from the press in regards to the Red Sox because the Trump administration. He’s clearly given up on attempting to make the Red Sox related once more. Never thoughts nice.

Henry’s look on the 2023 Winter Weekend/Peasant Uprising was a mini-Afghanistan. He spent this yr’s Winter Weekend within the digital bunker. Or Miami. Or Saudi Arabia.

Monday at Fenway South, Henry once more snubbed the press. Even essentially the most dutiful Red Sox State Run Media apparatchiks have been left hanging. Jersey Street runs two methods, loyalty to Henry doesn’t.

When requested about being requested questions by reporters, the indifferent billionaire laughed, waved and walked away.

It’s time for Red Sox Nation to do the identical.

That staff has completed in final place in three of the previous 4 seasons. Since successful the 2018 World Series, the Red Sox are 356-352 (.502) in the course of the common season. They made one playoff look, knocking out the Yankees and Rays earlier than getting whipped by the Houston Trash Cans 4-2 within the 2021 ALCS.

Boston’s common end throughout this present five-year span is 17.4 video games out of first place.

There are extra human shields round JetBlue Park than in any Middle Eastern battle. Since going silent on the Red Sox across the time Mookie Betts was traded/wage dumped to Los Angeles, Henry has cowardly hidden behind Mrs. Henry, Tom Werner, Sam Kennedy, Chaim Bloom, Alex Cora and, now, Craig Breslow.

Post-walkaway snub, Henry and the Baroness Pizzuti-Henry have been seen on her Instagram feed, yukking it up alongside Breslow and Werner throughout what was described as “the annual full team meeting.”

Their message to followers: “Let them eat gluten-free cake.”

The CEO of the Boston Globe reported the next from (Robert E.) Lee County in Florida.

“It is a joyful reunion, a fresh start, and inspiring alignment for the long season ahead. (Alex Cora) set the tone and energy, with a commitment of hard work and having each player’s back. I love seeing his leadership and connection to each player. Breslow remembered what he felt like sitting in those exact seats at the start of the Red Sox season when he was a player, and what resonated with him.”

The Nickelodeon Super Bowl Slime Cast supplied a harsher evaluation of Taylor Swift’s couture.

The Green Monster of denial and delusion is cracking. But it will not be sufficient.

Red Sox CEO/President Kennedy let the reality slip Monday when he mentioned that Breslow-Bloom is topic to spending “parameters” set by possession. Kennedy, who just a few weeks in the past referred to anybody who questioned the Red Sox dedication to spending and successful as a “liar,” admitted that “the focus on spending is fair and reasonable given where we finished the last couple of years.”

Things acquired higher/worse Tuesday.

The face of the franchise, third baseman Raffy Devers, questioned its course or lack thereof.

“Everybody knows what we need, you know what we need, and they know what we need. There’s just some things I can’t say out loud, but everybody that knows our organization and knows the game knows what we need,” Devers mentioned through interpreter Carlos Villoria.

So the Red Sox have misplaced their greatest participant and Opening Day remains to be 5 weeks away?

July goes to be a blast.

Even former gamers have gone rogue. Dustin Pedroia reportedly infiltrated a dinner with Cora and a few staff executives through FaceTime and supplied his ideas on which accessible free-agent pitchers the Red Sox ought to add to their roster.

“He was very clear about his feelings,” Kennedy informed the Globe’s Peter Abraham.

This time across the solar, the Red Sox are celebrating the twentieth anniversary of the 2004 World Series champions. RIP Tim Wakefield.

One rating after creating essentially the most euphoric second previously 100 years of Boston sports activities, the Red Sox have allowed their baseball precipice to crumble into mud.

The 2024 Red Sox are ranked seventeenth in ESPN’s most-recent MLB energy rating. Their over/underneath win whole is 79.5 video games. That’s a one-win increase from final season. If you need to burn your digital {dollars}, the Red Sox are +5000 to win the World Series, +2200 to win the American League, +1300 to win the AL East, and +260 to make the playoffs.

The solely drama regarding this membership is whether or not or not Curt Schilling might be invited again to rejoice together with his former teammates.

He’s prone to trigger a furor in both case.

The 2004 Red Sox World Series victory elicited unbridled pleasure in New England not felt because the finish of World War II. Bells rang from Waterville to Waterbury. Cemeteries have been festooned with Red Sox swag.

Twenty years therefore, the Red Sox are in grave hazard of irrelevance.

Ownership went “full throttle” this offseason – when it got here to staking a declare within the PGA Tour and partnering with Netflix to make a documentary/slasher movie about this upcoming season.

FSG’s baseball staff is as a lot an irritant as the rest. Think of the Red Sox as that shaky, identity-stealing ATM within the nook of a restaurant, spitting out $20s and $50s as wanted to cowl the price of the celebration raging elsewhere.

Of course, I could also be fallacious in all of this.

DMs are open and my e mail is beneath if John Henry needs to show in any other case.

Bill Speros (@realOBF and @BillSperos) could be reached at [email protected]