Boston Red Sox principal owner John Henry came to the 98.5 The Sports Hub studios to clear the air about the recent moves made by the Red Sox organization.

Henry touched on a number of topics, including Terry Francona, Theo Epstein and the Red Sox clubhouse.

On Former-Manager Terry Francona

Henry went on the 98.5 The Sports Hub airwaves to clear the air on the “smear campaign” Red Sox ownership was being accused of starting against Francona.

“Blaming me personally for being the person who said those things… that’s why I came here. You’re misleading the public,” Henry said of the accusations he and the rest of the Red Sox brass released information on Francona’s marriage and possible addiction to pain medicine.

“It’s reprehensible that was written about in the first place,” said Henry. “If it’s someone within the team, and that’s what it says in the newspaper, I’m upset about it. And I’ve been upset about it.”

John Henry On Terry Francona Saga

On General Manager Theo Epstein

“As far as I know, he is still involved,” said Henry said of Epstein’s status with the Red Sox.

Theo is reportedly off to the Chicago Cubs to take over their general manager duties. Henry could not say much about the topic, but did say he wanted Theo to stay in Boston.

“I would love to have Theo back. I would have loved to have Theo as our general manager for the next 20 years. That would have been my hope. But you don’t always get what you want,” he said. “I did everything I could personally, so did Tom [Werner] and Larry [Lucchino], to make that happen.”

Listen To Henry On Theo Epstein

On The Red Sox Clubhouse

Henry admitted he did not know about the drinking, fried chicken eating, and video games going on in the Red Sox clubhouse, but defended his players, saying none of them quit when September rolled around.

“I didn’t see one player out there who wasn’t busting his ass trying to win ball games,” said Henry.

Henry blamed the horrific starting pitching the Sox got in September for their historic collapse, and said there are things the club is looking into when it comes to their players.

“Why is it we had players that gained weight over the year, don’t they usually lose weight,” Henry asked. “That’s one of the things we’re looking at. But I’m not going to air it all out in public.”

Henry On Larry Lucchino

One interesting tidbit Henry gave out was that team president and CEO Larry Lucchino does not have a contract past this season.

Henry said he expects Lucchino to remain with the franchise for years to come, despite the fact Lucchino and ownership have not negotiated a contract extension yet.

“Tom (Werner) and I… have never run the Red Sox. We wouldn’t need Larry, and Larry wouldn’t be here if we ran the Red Sox. We have one of the best CEO’s in sports,” Henry said.

Henry On Lucchino Contract

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Comments (55)
  1. Mark says:

    I have to say that Felger and Massarotti are two of the most ignorant obnoxious a-holes I have ever listened to. That John Henry has to put up with the likes of you is really sad

    1. Steve says:

      Are you kidding…They asked the questions that NEEDED to be ask…how do u even make this statement….As fans these re the questions we want to ask but we cant and we hope radio personalities do when they get the opportunity…like today..We never get the opportunity..Good job Felger and Massarotti……

    2. Keith says:

      Hey Mark… take off your pink hat and get back to reality…

      1. AC says:

        I hate Felger cuz he’s a total ignorant fraud, specially for the listeners, but you gotta give him credit for the questions he asked and for the honesty he expressed for John Henry.

    3. chris says:

      Go back to the other station Mark. You have no idea what you’re talking about. This was one of the best interviews I have heard in a long time. Asked what I wanted to hear. Pushed John Henry on answering some of the question. Good work by the team, and a BIG thanks to John for answering most of the questions as best he could.

  2. BILL GALLANT says:

    I thought it was a great interview, great questions and glad JOHN HENRY was just as strong in his answers and I thought he was very forthcoming and did not dance around the questions being thrown at him. CUDOS to FELGER AND MAZ and JOHN HENRY, great radio today . We need more days like this !!!!!!!!!!!!

  3. mike says:

    If in fact the 3 owners did not leak the smear campaign, I wanted to hear from John Henry what he was going to do to find out who did it. He never responded to that. I live in Chicago and had great respect for the Red Sox organization. That disappeared after listening to him today. Really disappointed.

  4. Keith says:

    What do these morons have on management that allows them to have radio jobs. They are ignorant, obnoxious, and mean spirited rumor mills. I was told about this interview with John Henry and wanted to hear from him. However, after five minutes of these morons, I turned it off. Whenever I see or hear Felger I change channels or read a book. Why is he still on the airwaves?

  5. Charlie says:

    I could care less about the redsox, Ive been in football mode since early Aug GO PATRIOTS!!!

  6. flea says:

    The Red Sox dynasty of 2 championships in 92 years is taking a hit. Like Jackie Gleason used to say…”how sweet it is.”

  7. Sean says:

    He actually said he wasnt going to perform a witch hunt and that Larry told him years ago, that in baseball, everything gets out.

  8. buildmeister says:

    What a joke of an ownership this is. If they were not the source of the leaks, this would be focus #1 to find out who the leaks are coming from and plug them. Think about it, these past few days are going to cost the franchise hundreds of millions of dollars if not more because they’re going to have to overspend for players and management to work with these creeps. To make matters worse, who will want to buy their merchandise for a while? I can tell you I don’t want to purchase anything with a Red Sox logo on it until I know these guys can act with more class. Say what you want about the Steinbrenner years in New York, but at least the guy acted with more class than these trio of jokers and I don’t even like the Yankees.

  9. Nitelite says:

    Why can’t I find the entire interview? I don’t want bits and pieces. Post the entire thing.

    Felger was WAY out of line during his aggressive interrogation. I honestly felt embarrassed for him. It’s one thing to ask the questions that need to be asked. It’s another to do it in the way he did it. John Henry is not a public speaker. He did not have to be there but he came. Show a little class and let the man finish answering questions before cutting him off and shouting him down. Yes, his slow manner of speaking doesn’t translate well for radio but that doesn’t mean every time he pauses to collect his thoughts you need to jump in to get your arrogant and brash comments in.

    On another note, why is everyone running with the bit about Henry not wanting Carl Crawford? Hasn’t the story been out forever now that Theo had to fight to get Carl? I am pretty sure that was common knowledge.

  10. Jason says:

    I give John Henry credit. While Felger and Mazz just kept throwing assumptions, inferences and innuendo at him, he stuck to his guns. It’s amazing how a talk show host can take a quote out of context and turn it into “the truth”. I used to like these guys but this shined a new light on how journalists turned media celebrities can create stories out of anything.

  11. Martin says:

    Henry told wickedimproper . com that he felt like he was the one conducting the interview. Great job, John.

  12. Dave Z says:

    About time accountability knocked on these 2 morons front door. Horrible job on the interview by the way boys, so much wasted time trying to trip him up on the same question (and trying to throw your tough guy voice Mazz) you squandered an opportunity to give your listeners a good insight to Mr Henry.

    By the way, maybe I’m in the minority, but I have never had a concern about his wife taking over the team. Nice question though, journalist.

  13. SportsNut22 says:

    I’m not happy that the Red Sox lost the wild card lead and ended their season early. However having listened to part of the interview with Henry being interrogated by Felger and Mazz, it’s hard to digest. The two radio hosts cut Henry off at every turn and, don’t let him answer questions. Anything to boost the ratings and keep the listeners entertained. They don’t have a clue what it is to run an organization.

  14. Mike Dafoe says:

    Felger is reaching during this whole interview. Let the Red Sox take the appropriate actions against the person or persons responsible for leaking the info and let it go. If not, you will end up with another Bill Belichik team and give the same ho hum answers week in and week out. Sports radio keeps shooting themselves in the foot by trying to push the envelope. I bet you next season the media is treated totally different around the park and clubhouse!

  15. Carleton says:

    This is so funny that these trolls—-from the other station find it worthwhile to take time to smear Mazz and Felger!!! What a joke 850 is!!!
    Mark, it was a great interview
    Keith, I guess you haven’t seen the ratings, they produce with great content and interviews!!
    On another note, Fenway, the Red Sox and MLB suck!!! The games are bo-ring, and the time commitment is a complete waste! NFL has taken over.
    Great interview….Felger asked the tough questions and pressed Henry for answers!

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