John Henry: Grateful to Sox players

John Henry: Grateful to Sox players
September 21, 2013, 12:00 am
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POSTGAME CELEBRATION

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AL EAST CHAMPS

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One year ago things looked pretty bleak.

The Sox were wrapping up a nose-dive under the misguided watch of Bobby Valentine and the franchise had just shipped a quarter of a billion dollars worth of talent to the west coast.

Yet, Red Sox owner John Henry stood on the field at Fenway on Friday night with Jonny Gomes spraying champagne in the background as the Sox celebrated the A.L. East title.

"It's been a great year," said Henry. "I think from the first day of spring training they all believed in themselves and then they went on the field every day and proved it."

But Henry couldn't have expected things to turn around so quickly, could he?

"[At the time we made the trade] we just weren't the team we wanted to be," said Henry. "We just didn't do it on the field, but boy this team sure did. I'm just filled with gratitude that they went out every day and played hard.

"[Terry Francona] used to say, 'If we had nine Dustin Pedroia's we'd be champions.' This year it felt like we had 25 every game."

Henry described John Farrell as a 'stabilizing force' in the clubhouse, and credited the players' hard work for the worst-to-first turnaround.