Curtis: Between Red Sox And Liverpool, John Henry Stretched Thin

September 3, 2012 12:00 AM
Curtis: Between Red Sox And Liverpool, John Henry Stretched Thin
" BOSTON (CBS)  -Today epitomizes just how thinly stretched John Henry is. Owning two of the worlds most valuable sports franchises makes for a strong portfolio, but also comes with massive responsibilities.

As Henry lands in Seattle to cope with his baseball team, now 11 games under .500 for the first time since 1997, he was forced to pen a letter to Liverpool fans who are enduring their worst start in nearly four decades (maybe if this sports thing fails he and Larry Lucchino can create a pen pal company).

When the Red Sox completed the biggest trade in the history of Major League Baseball, I wrote that it was the first step in the process of the team being sold. The reaction was intense and largely dismissive. The events today show just how difficult it is to own two such global franchises.

While Henry and GM Ben Cherington sit at Safeco field in Seattle deciding the future of Bobby Valentine, roughly ten thousand miles away in Anfield — home to one of the worlds most famous Soccer clubs — the fans of Liverpool are receiving a letter from Henry promising hard work and his undivided attention "

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