With the Fox Business Channel reporting Thursday that the Boston Red Sox might be for sale, fans are for the first time in a decade wondering about the owners’ commitment to the team. While the controversy of the last year has certainly tested fans’ patience, few thought that a move this drastic might even be possible.
Principal owner John Henry issued a terse, 73-word statement to the Boston Globe’s Peter Abraham, stating that:
A sale of any kind is so far from our thinking it hasn't even come up apart from technical planning issues involving death or disability. This report is completely without foundation.
Regarding unnamed sources: Any sale discussions that may have taken place were missing three key people — Larry [Lucchino], Tom [Werner] and me. The Sox and any of the other components of FSG are not for sale and will not be for the foreseeable future.
While Henry may not be considering selling the team, perhaps he should be. Here are five reasons why now is an ideal time for the Sox to be sold: