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SBD/August 16, 2012/Franchises
Fenway Sports Group Facing Organizational Challenges With Liverpool, Red Sox
Published August 16, 2012
BE MY VALENTINE: In Boston, Scott Lauber notes Henry in an e-mail “rebutted” an article about a July 26 meeting in which Red Sox 1B Adrian Gonzalez and 2B Dustin Pedroia reportedly “led a contingent of players in advocating” for the firing of manager Bobby Valentine. Henry confirmed a meeting took place, but said, “No one in that meeting at any time took the position that Bobby should be or needed to be replaced.” He added, “What is important for Red Sox fans to know is that ownership, players and all staff especially Bobby Valentine are determined to turn around what has thus far been an unacceptable, failed season” (BOSTON HERALD, 8/16). Also in Boston, Nick Cafardo writes, "A major issue for upper Sox management is concern over the sources cited in the story and their motivation.” Red Sox President & CEO Larry Lucchino said, “We are very concerned about a breach of confidence in this matter because [in the 10] years we’ve held these meetings, we’ve never had information leak like this.” Valentine, when asked whether the clubhouse drama was “beginning to weigh on him or the team.” Valentine: “I don’t know if it’s weighing on me, but the guys are upset that every time we win a game, something else pops out of the bag of tricks.” He added, “I guess this guy was sitting in the story for about three weeks and decided to wait right before the Yankees series to pop it out there. Great stuff, really good stuff” (BOSTON GLOBE, 8/16).