Boston Red Sox owner Fenway Sports Group has decided to sell! Hooray! That is the good news. The bad news is that they have allegedly decided to sell Liverpool Football (known in the US) football club.
What a disappointment. Well, as fans, we win some and we lose some. Unfortunately, in this case, FSG did Boston Red Sox fans a disservice by possibly selling the Reds (Liverpool) in lieu of the Red Sox franchise.
This absentee possession, which has recently torn the Red Sox team and franchise apart with its clumsy management after a great start, will be doing its fans a huge disservice by seemingly sticking with the Red Sox rather than Liverpool.
The only hope is that this fickle owner changes his mind, keeps Liverpool and sells the Red Sox before it’s too late (for a Sox resurgence!).
The Boston Red Sox owner should either support the team or retire
The absentee Boston Red Sox owner likes to glorify and bask in the glow of the Boston Red Sox (when things are going well). If not, they’re as hard to find as diamonds on Revere Beach.
One thing is for sure though, these guys make money. man they know how. They regularly turn their investments of hundreds of millions of dollars into billions. (I wish this room was that happy.) This is really happy, not happy. These guys know how to make money.
The problem is that over the course of making money from sports clubs, the usual move is to sail in, make solid changes, add value to the franchise and maybe the stadium, and then probably sell before it plummets into the ground in an austerity movement. Most recently with the Boston Red Sox.
FSG has to its credit for transforming the Red Sox from a World Series nomad into a constant competitor. That’s until 2019. It’s more the moneymakers than the athletes that have failed.
Less than a year after Dave Dombrowski, President of Baseball Operations, won no fewer than one World Series, this group sent him under the proverbial showers to prop him up in an alleged austerity measure. They replaced him with Chaim Bloom from the tenuous Tampa Bay franchise.
As the Big O, Glenn Ordway, the founder of modern Boston sports-talk radio, used to say, “How did that work out for you?” The answer isn’t too good.
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Dombrowski had won three of four AL East Division titles. And to top it off, his club won the World Series in 2018. Game, set and match clear for Dave Dombrowski. But…money talks, and the money managers who own the Red Sox thought otherwise.
A season outside of 2019 gave them the excuse to fire Dombrowski before even a calendar year had passed since her World Series victory. Since then, the Boston Red Sox haven’t even sniffed at the top of the American League East in the regular season.
The Boston Red Sox, not Liverpool, were to be sold by FSG
The moral of this story is: FSG is selling the wrong sports club. They should withdraw their alleged bid to sell the Liverpool Reds (full disclosure: a Chelsea fan here) and sell the Boston Red Sox.
FSG, please, make your billions of dollars, good to you, but spare Red Sox Nation the pain of this false austerity by cutting the payroll to avoid the poverty of a luxury tax to make even more money.
FSG, do us all a favor, we at Red Sox Nation, sell the Sox to someone who genuinely cares about the team and sees it not just as a moneymaker, but as an honor.
Making money is fine, but if it means the team is left behind, no way. FSG, please, either support the Red Sox to the max or sell the team. It’s that simple. It’s the right thing.