There was a somber mood in the Deadspin office last Friday, when we received word that Red Sox owner and billionaire John Henry had been rushed to the hospital after sustaining an injury on his megayacht in Boston. We wondered if he'd broken a bone, or gotten a paper cut from a million-dollar bill, or if he'd had too many cigars and passed out from the fumes.
We wondered if we could get a picture of him in a neck brace. (Alas, that never surfaced.)
What we never bothered to speculate on was whether or not Terry Francona, recently departed manager of the Red Sox, played any part in Henry's injury. In retrospect, it was an obvious oversight—the injury took place the same day that Francona stepped down, and old men usually do not do well with surprises (Henry is 62). Yesterday, John_W_Henry took to his Twitter account to explain his near brush with yacht death: