John Henry surprised Red Sox fans and the Boston sports media on Friday afternoon when he dropped by the 98.5 The Sports Hub studios and spoke with Michael Felger and Tony Massarotti.
The Red Sox owner spent more than an hour speaking on 98.5 about a multitude of things including the state of the Red Sox, the team’s September collapse and the transitional period the front office and coaching staff is going through.
Following the radio spot, Henry was met by a hoard of media outside the studios where he answered questions for almost 10 minutes in what was the principal owner’s most revealing comments since season’s end.
As he spoke to the media on Friday afternoon, Henry once again addressed the rumors that have been flying around about a clubhouse in disarray, particularly the stories that involve eating chicken and drinking beer from a Boston Globe article this week.
Henry stood by the fact that these revelations have been news to him, and he even said that he got a positive report on the clubhouse from general manager Theo Epstein in the middle of what would be a fateful September.
“I saw the games, and I didn’t see anyone who wasn’t busting their ass to win a baseball game,” he said. “We’re looking into these things.”
Henry also tried to downplay hoopla surrounding the harshest allegations in the Globe article — the ones involving now ex-manager Terry Francona. The owner said that the situation has turned into a “frenzy,” and also words like “misinformation” when talking about the entire situation.
He also expressed disappointment in the team’s finish.
“Any time you have a team that’s about to win 100 games and then collapses in September, you’re going to have people who are upset about it,” he said. “We were upset about it. I share their frustrations, disappointment, anger.”
See much more in the video above.