The whispers started to rise when the announcement came that LeBron James and his business cohort, Maverick Carter, are joining the owners group as minority owners.
Couple that with the fact that since 2002 principle owners John Henry and Tom Werner have held annual press conferences with the media from Spring Training, but not this year. It's been 13 months since Henry as spoken publicly about the team reports Chris Cotillo.
So what's one of the first questions that team president and CEO Sam Kennedy got asked when appearing on WEEI's The Greg Hill Show?
Are the Red Sox hanging out a for sale sign anytime soon?
Kennedy took a deep breath and shared his thoughts on the matter, saying, "I can say with absolute certainty that John Henry is not selling the Boston Red Sox. He has no plans to sell the Boston Red Sox. He’s as committed to this organization, this city and this ballpark as ever. He’s excited about continuing to grow Fenway Sports Group, which is the parent company of the Red Sox that owns NESN, Liverpool Football Club, our NASCAR team and our real estate company."
“If anything, I think you’ll see John Henry and Tom Werner doing more in sports, entertainment, media and real estate as we continue to build this company out as we go forward,” Kennedy added. “The Red Sox are always at the center of everything we do and that’s not going to change. John will absolutely not be selling the team.”
When pushed on why they have failed to meet with the media in the last 13 month, Kennedy said, "They leave handling the day-to-day with the media to people like me, Chaim Bloom and Alex Cora. I don’t know when he plans to meet with the media. He would determine that schedule leave the rest to us."
This only leaves one to wonder how much or what effect adding James and Carter to the ownership group has on the Red Sox team?
Kennedy dodged the topic due to the transaction not yet being completed, but would say only, "As it relates to LeBron and Mav, if they do indeed become owners of the Red Sox and investors as part of this deal we are contemplating, it would be an outstanding thing for Fenway Sports Group and for the Red Sox to have two African-American men at the ownership table. It’s fantastic. Someone with the star power and the reach of LeBron, what he means in the sporting world and what Maverick means in the business world."
With the Red Sox about to finish off the 2021 Spring Training in Florida, pack up their things, and head up to Boston, limited tickets are on sale staring today for Fenway games in April and at 2020 pricing.
That should put Red Sox fans minds at rest as they settle into their favourite chairs to watch Opening Day 2021.
Eric is a contributing writer since 2013 and a true Overseas Fan of the Boston Red Sox living in the Netherlands. He's spent years on baseball fields around the world pitching. His weekends are now spent helping the next generations of pitchers to find their passion and love for the sport. More articles by Eric: https://www.redsoxlife.com/search/label/ericschabell