Originally posted on Ted's Army  |  Last updated 10/3/11

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The longer Red Sox principal owner John Henry waits to express his thoughts about manager Terry Francona’s exit, as well as the potential of general manager Theo Epstein’s departure, the more speculation will mount.

Considering that Henry usually waits until uproars die down before he delivers his carefully considered opinions, he may not want to wait much longer on this one.

The more the current uproar swirling around the Red Sox lingers, the worse it looks. And if this one continues a whole lot longer, the specter of Epstein’s possible departure, or maybe even another schism between Epstein and team president  Larry Lucchino is going to be raised again.

And who among us really wants another gorilla suit caper on their hands?

One big fly currently in the Sox’ ointment is that Epstein, who is signed through the end of next season, is directing the Sox’ managerial search. You couldn’t blame a prospective new manager raising his hand during the interview and asking if the person asking him the questions will still be with the ballclub beyond next season.

The Red Sox allowed Francona to enter the 2011 season as a lame duck and he was fired.

Epstein unlikely will want to enter next season without a contract extension at the very least. What is entirely possible is that he is looking for more responsibility and power in his next deal. That doesn’t necessarily mean a power struggle with Lucchino would take place. All it means is that nobody should be surprised that Epstein may want a change in his job description, whether it is here or elsewhere.

There’s not always fire with smoke, so maybe the Sox owners don’t put much stock in the talk regarding Epstein. Maybe they should start, if only to make it stop.

Herald: John Henry should be heard from soon.

This is news that shouldn't be news. Henry's silence isn't surprising at all, he's moved on in his life. He has a new toy across the pond in Liverpool that has enamored him the way the Red Sox did a decade ago. The guy is never satisfied with one of anything for a set time and flips teams like a day trader. The fact that he has been an owner of the Sox for this long of a time is surprising...until you realize how profitable the the Sox are. Thankfully, there is a good enough organization inYawkey Way that he's really not needed.

I've never been a big fan of Henry but I'm very appreciative for what he has done. He came in and saved Fenway Park. He hired the right guys that led to two titles and turned the lovable losers into Red Sox Nation. Now after the collapse and how the Terry Francona situation went down, people are begging for him to sell the team. Just flip it already and enjoy Liverpool. Why? Because he's doesn't "care about the team"? He's a businessman. That's been clear from Day 1.

Henry has similarities to a man who wouldn't cash the paychecks he signed, Manny Ramirez. Both we're considered saviors when they signed. They both left us in awe: Ramirez's hitting ability is the best we've seen and when he got a fastball inside he would crank one over the Monster. Henry came in and renovated Fenway which gave us the Monster seats that are considered to be the best view in all of sports. Everything was fine as long as the team was winning.

But when it looks shaky, fans begin to nitpick: when it was Manny half-heartedly jogging to first after a grounder to shortstop or Henry nickle and diming everybody. And then when **** hits the fan, everybody wants them out of town because they don't care.

Manny was here for his presence in the lineup opened things up for everybody else in the lineup and Henry's bottomless pockets made it possible for Theo to put what he thought was the best team on the field. He doesn't have to, he can easily just sit on it and let the Red Sox become the American version of the Toronto Maple Leafs.

As long as he's continuing to dole out the paychecks, it shouldn't matter what he does. Because if he does sell and the new owner isn't making it rain, we'll complain just like how much we miss Manny's clutch at-bats. 

Rest of the Links: Globe:Manager trade?|Braun, Morgan give Brewers 2-0 lead|Tigers hold off Yankees|Cards rally against Lee, even series|Herald:Finished off by starters|John Henry should be heard from soon|CSNNE:Time for real change|WEEI: What future holds for Sox position players|Youkilis likely undergoing surgery Tuesday|Sox may allow Theo to talk Cubs

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