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In an appearance on 98.5 The Sports Hub’s Felger & Mazz, John Henry revealed a lot over the 1.5-hour interview. He said that Larry Lucchino will return as the team’s CEO, his wife Linda Pizzuti would not take over the team in the event of Henry’s sudden passing, and that ownership was not the source of the embarrassing information about Terry Francona seen in the Globe’s bombshell report.
What was most revealing, though, was that Henry said he did not support the free agent signing of outfielder Carl Crawford. He said that the lineup had too much lefthanded hitting already, but would not offer up any more reasons for why he felt that way.
“I don’t mettle to the point of making decisions for our baseball people. This was driven, and Theo will tell you this, this was driven by our baseball people,” said Henry. “It wasn’t a PR move.”
The baseball people, of course, are Theo Epstein and Lucchino.
What’s strange is that Crawford doesn’t really fit into the team’s philosophy to nab patient hitters, and that’s probably another big reason why Henry opposed the move (Crawford has a career .333 OBP and had a putrid .289 OBP in 2011).
But, if he opposed it so much, why did he sign off on committing $142 million to him?