Once again the Boston Red Sox appear cursed after what one writer has called “the greatest September collapse in major league baseball history.”
Fingers have been pointed in several directions: the pitching staff; the established star players; the manager; the general manager. They’ve also been pointed across the Atlantic.
One Sox fan put it this way. “Please,” he said, “tell John Henry to find someone to buy Liverpool. We need his full attention back here in Boston.”
John Henry owns the Red Sox. And from last October he also owns Liverpool Football Club, one of England’s most famous.
In today’s edition of the British Guardian newspaper Henry speaks at length and exclusively about his experience with English soccer. He knew, he says, “virtually nothing about Liverpool Football Club” or about the English Premier League in which they play.”
For reporter David Conn “it adds up to the most revealing picture of any of the US buyers, who come from a country largely oblivious to football, yet who have somehow become owners of five of the English game’s most prestigious clubs: Liverpool, Manchester United, Arsenal, Aston Villa and Sunderland.”
Liverpool has been in the doldrums for 20 years. The club that dominated English football in the 1970s and 1980s now hasn’t won the league championship for more than 20 years. Under John Henry, however, there’s a feeling that a corner may have been turned.
So how about some TLC for the Red Sox?