Henry: Wife Would Not “Take Over” Red Sox
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BOSTON (CBS) – John Henry said that there is a plan in place should he no longer be able to serve as the principal owner of the Red Sox.
“Just as if Theo (Epstein) leaves, we have someone to replace him. If something happens to me, we have someone to replace me,” said Henry during a surprise appearance on 98.5 The Sports Hub’s Felger & Mazz on Friday.
“Tom and I essentially run Fenway Sports Group. Larry runs the Red Sox, and so if something happens to me, that doesn’t mean that things are going to change,” Henry continued.
Listen:Henry discusses the ownership situation
But, what if there were a sudden change in ownership?
In 1979, Los Angeles Rams owner Carroll Rosenbloom suddenly died while swimming off Florida, and wife Georgia Frontiere inherited 70% control of the team as a result. The 72-year-old Rosenbloom was Frontiere’s sixth husband.
Frontiere later angered LA fans, moving the team to Anaheim in 1980 and to St. Louis in 1995. She served as the Rams’ principal owner until her death in 2008.
If Henry were to suddenly pass away, would wife Linda Pizzuti become the team’s principal owner?
“No, Linda doesn’t take over. That’s not what she would want to have happen, and that’s not what I would wish on anyone I love,” said Henry.
Henry has been the principal owner of the team since 2002. He and Pizzuti have been married since 2009.