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Mon August 5, 2013
Dan Shaughnessy: Globe Sale To John Henry A 'Bowl Of Awkward'
Boston Globe sports columnist Dan Shaughnessy, who at times has been critical of owner John Henry's management of the Boston Red Sox, spoke with Boston Public Radio about his new boss.
"It's amazing how life works," he told Boston Public Radio's Jim Braude and Margery Eagan on Monday. "It is a whole bowl of awkward. It's hard to get your head around it, and it is amusing to a degree."
Henry purchased The Boston Globe for $70 million early Saturday morning. Shaughnessy said he hopes the purchase of the newspaper by the principal owner of the very baseball team he has covered for three decades will not change his expectations as a columnist.
"What I've seen so far in statements by Mr. Henry - he's going to allow the Globe to do what it does, which is practice good journalism,” Shaughnessy said. “We've covered this team like nobody's business and when good things happen it's all good, and when bad things happen it's not so good. And I expect it to be that way, and hope that we have a wonderful run under new ownership."
Shaughnessy said the change in Globe ownership will not change the way he approaches his work as a columnist covering the Red Sox.
"This is sports, and my agenda is how I feel about things," he said. "I feel I've always had the independence to have those opinions, and will continue to have those opinions and hopefully have the independence to put them out there."
Shaughnessy called Henry a 'forward looking guy.'
“This is a guy that likes devices, and he's always been a computer guy and the way the industry's going, that could be just the ticket," he said. “This is evolution. You can't fight it."