Red Sox owner John Henry, said to be apoplectic about the failed talks to bring back popular Theo Epstein as general manager, blames himself for underestimating Epstein's distaste for working with club president Larry Lucchino and allowing the generally reviled Lucchino to handle negotiations until it was too late. So it's no surprise that Henry recently injected himself into the Johnny Damon negotiations. Henry, fairly characterized by the GM of a competing team as "a prince of a man," is worried that Damon might be disenchanted (Damon recently told Newsday he's upset about the losses of Bill Mueller, Kevin Millar and members of the team's support staff). Meanwhile, the Yankees, who haven't furthered Damon negotiations in recent days, privately worry that Henry will save the day and lure Damon back home.
Yankees Anticipate Henry Saving The Day On Damon