The Boston Red Sox ownership, the Fenway Sports Group, has decided to sell! Huzzah! That’s the good news. The bad news is, they have ostensibly, purportedly decided to sell the Liverpool Football (aka in the US) Soccer Club.
What a disappointment. Oh well, as fans, we win some and we lose some. Unfortunately, in this case, the FSG didn’t do the fans of the Boston Red Sox any favors by possibly selling the Reds (Liverpool) instead of the Red Sox franchise.
This absentee ownership which has ripped the Red Sox team and franchise apart of late with its bumbling management after a great start will do its fans a great disservice by apparently holding on to the Red Sox rather than Liverpool.
The only hope is that this fickle ownership will change its mind, keep Liverpool, and sell the Red Sox before it’s too late (for any Sox resurgence, that is!).
The Boston Red Sox ownership should either back the team or back out
The absentee ownership of the Boston Red Sox likes to glamorize and bask in the glow of the Boston Red Sox (when things go well). When they don’t, they are as hard to find as diamonds on Revere Beach.
One thing is certain, however, these guys make money. Man do they know how. They turn their hundreds of millions of dollars of investments into billions on a regular basis. (Wish this space were so fortunate.) That is really fortunate, not lucky. These guys know how to make money.
The problem is, in the course of making money on sports clubs, the usual move is to sail in, make solid changes, increase the value of the franchise and maybe the stadium, and then probably sell before it crashes into the ground in an austerity move. This is the case most recently with the Boston Red Sox.
To its credit, the FSG has taken the Red Sox from a World Series nomad to a constant competitor. That is until 2019. That is when the money-makers rather than sportspersons failed.
Less than a year after Dave Dombrowski, President of Baseball Operations won a World Series no less, this group sent him to the proverbial showers, canning him in favor in what was ostensibly an austerity move. They replaced him with Chaim Bloom from penurious franchise Tampa Bay,
As the Big O, Glenn Ordway, the founder of modern sports talk radio in Boston used to say, “How’d that work out for them?” The answer is not too well.
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Dombrowski had won three out of four AL East Division titles. And then to top it off, his club won the World Series in 2018. Game, Set, and Match clearly to Dave Dombrowski. But … money talks, and the money managers who own the Red Sox thought differently.
An off-2019 season gave them the excuse to fire Dombrowski before even a calendar year had elapsed since their World Series win. Since then, the Boston Red Sox haven’t even sniffed the top of the American League East in the regular season.
The Boston Red Sox, not Liverpool should be sold by FSG
The moral of this story is this, the FSG is selling the wrong sports club. They should retract their purported offer 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 on ‘ya, but spare Red Sox Nation the pain of this false austerity move, cutting payroll to avoid the pittance of a luxury tax to make even more cash.
FSG, do us all a favor, we of Red Sox Nation, sell the Sox to someone who actually cares about the team, and who not only sees it as a money maker but an honor.
Making money is fine, but if entails short-changing the team in the process, no way. FSG, please, either back the Red Sox to the hilt or sell the team. It’s as simple as that. It’s the right thing to do.