Massarotti: Henry sent message to fans


Massarotti: Henry sent message to fans

Tony Massarotti, co-host of the radio show that featured an hour-long interview with Red Sox owner John Henry on Friday, said Henry's surprise appearance was a message to the fans that "the Sox owners hear you" . . . and that it went over well with those fans.

"We saw a number of texts and e-mails from fans, from people who said, 'You know what? At least I know he cares.'," said Massarotti, who, along with co-host Michael Felger, questioned Henry on the 'Felger and Mazz' show on 98.5 The Sports Hub. "And I think for the first time in a long time, people felt like the owner cared about the team. And I think that some of that has disappeared . . .

"I think that part of the problem since the Red Sox won the World Series in 2007 is that there's this growing sentiment among the fan base, rightfully so, that the Red Sox aren't as important to John Henry as they once were. Well, Friday he fought for his team a little bit."

Massarotti thinks the reason Henry went on the air with two of his most vocal critics -- he dropped into the studio unannounced after hearing them roast the Sox on his car radio during the opening of the show -- was that "the Red Sox are now concerned that they're losing segments of their fan base. That's what this is about . . .

"Clearly, Henry felt the need to address fans about the state of the team. To me, what that should tell people more than anything -- especially if you're a fan -- is that they hear you. They hear you. They know you're pissed off, and they hear you.

"Good for the fan base. You should be pissed off. When something like that happens, and they do to the manager what they did, fans have a right to be angry."

Massarotti was referring to the Boston Globe story in which team sources -- Henry denied the information came from upper management -- cited Terry Francona's personal issues as a reason for both the Sox' September collapse and the team's decision not to pick up the 2012 option on his contract.

After strong bullpen session, Koji Uehara could be back by Labor Day

After strong bullpen session, Koji Uehara could be back by Labor Day

BOSTON - For a bullpen that could use all the help it can get right now, there's the prospect that Koji Uehara could rejoin the Red Sox on Labor Day.

Uehara, who's been out since July 20 with a strained pectoral muscle, threw a bullpen Monday at Fenway that impressed John Farrell.

"He came out of today's work session in good fashion,'' said Farrell. "It was 25 pitches to hitters with good intensity to both his fastball and split. It's been impressive to see how he's handled the volume, and now, three times on the mound, the intensity to his bullpens and BP.''

Next up for Uehara will be a bullpen session Wednesday morning, followed by a live batting practice session Saturday in Oakland.

Since both Pawtucket's and Portland's seasons are over on Labor Day, Uehara won't have the option of going on a rehab assignment to face hitters before being activated.

But the Sox believe that he can build arm strength through these side sessions and BP sessions -- enough so that he could return to the active roster soon.

"We'll re-assess where is after Sunday,'' said Farrell, "and I wouldn't rule out activation [after that]. What we've done with Koji is just review how he feels after each session and we'll take it from there.''

Uehara, 41, is 2-3 with a 4.50 ERA, and while he's had a propensity for giving up homers (eight in just 36 innings), he had been throwing better before being injured.

And given the performance of the bullpen in general and the recent poor showings from Matt Barnes, the Sox would welcome Uehara back as soon as he's ready.

"The one thing that Koji has proven to us,'' noted Farrell, "is that, even with limited spring training work [in the past], he's been a very effective pitcher for us and obviously, he has a chance to make a very positive impact once he does return.''

Uehara's progress since late July has been a pleasant surprise for the Sox, who feared at the time of the injury that he might be done for the season.     

"To his credit,'' said Farrell, "he's worked his tail off and advanced fairly rapidly and he's withstanding the intensity that he's put into [the work]. A healthy Koji certainly adds to our bullpen.


Red Sox among ‘roughly half’ of MLB who’ll attend Tebow workout Tuesday

Red Sox among ‘roughly half’ of MLB who’ll attend Tebow workout Tuesday

Maybe Tim Tebow could be the eighth-inning guy? 

OK, OK. Maybe not. Still, the Red Sox will be among the “roughly half” of the MLB teams who will attend the former Heisman Trophy winner and Patriots’ 2013 training camp phenomenon’s baseball tryout on Tuesday in Los Angeles.

Tebow is 29 and hasn’t played organized baseball since he was a junior in high school. He was an All-State performer in Florida back then.

Based on his accuracy and mechanics throwing a football, maybe DH would suit Tebow better than the mound.