Go read this Q & A with John W, uh, Henry over at SoSH (still readable by the general public...lasted longer than I thought it would).
This is the most interesting portion:
Q.Why were you willing to give Larry a contract through 2011 and why did those negotiations go so smoothly compared to the negotiations with Theo?
A. [...]There were times in the recent negotiation when Theo was not sure he wanted to do this for the long-term – that was an issue. And there were times he felt we did not value him enough. There were times we felt he was ambivalent and we did not want a GM who did not crave the position. There were times late when we weren’t on the same page monetarily. There were a number of reasons that although I thought for many months this was a slam dunk like the LL negotiation, it became apparent that there were issues.
Q. Please tell us what actions you took to resolve the differences between the two sides in the negotiations?
A. It’s more important to ask what I didn’t do. I didn’t do enough. Had I pushed harder for a resolution early on, external forces would not have played such a role.
Who knows whether this is all just lip service, and there are still many questions left unanswered. But kudos to Henry for coming out and talking directly to fans, and as much as I despise SoSH's elitism, I'm grateful today that there's a place that fan-ownership interaction can take place directly.
As Henry said, "while controversy seems to be continually linked with the Red Sox, we are all incontrovertibly linked together in our passion to see the Red Sox be an organization of excellence." And it's tough for a dour pessimist like me to admit, but I *do* feel a smidge better after reading this interview, in spite of myself.