Accentuate the Red Sox positive for 2016
Jul 5, 2015; Boston, MA, USA; Boston Red Sox owner John Henry watches the game between the Boston Red Sox and the Houston Astros during the fourth inning at Fenway Park. Mandatory Credit: Winslow Townson-USA TODAY Sports
This is not your father’s ownership
I grew up following the Red Sox during one of the most depressing stretches in Red Sox history and that is the 1955-1966 block of time. Yawkey was the wealthiest owner in baseball and had a long history dating back to the 1930s of purchasing talent.
During the bonus era of baseball Yawkey had his scouts sign any and all that had a glimmer of potential so money was never a question. Put down a number on the check and add a few zeroes, but what was missing was accountability. Plenty of money with little tangible results except “Twenty-five cabs for twenty-five players.”
This current ownership group demands results. You have seen that clearly demonstrated in the recent management shift, the public pronouncement or player acquisition and from past experience. If a situation with a player did not attain the expected results there was no qualms about adding dead money or making a trade.
The pro-active ownership certainly makes mistakes and enough has been written about them or tossed around by fans, but those mistakes are not left lingering – they are addressed. This ownership has found the current string of failures unacceptable and that is a huge plus. No stagnation as in the Yawkey years.