Red Sox: disregard those Globe-purchase rumors

The team released the following statement today:

 Neither John Henry, Tom Werner, nor any affiliates of the Boston Red Sox are involved in any sales discussions or negotiations with regard to the acquisition of the Boston Globe.

Remember, just a few days ago, Henry struck a very different tone in an email to the Herald

Baseball fans rely heavily on newspapers. No one wants to see a newspaper with a great, long-term history go away. Losing the Globe, the Herald or any New England paper is a big loss for the Red Sox.

It'd be interesting to know what happened here. Did Henry actually have interest, then think better of it? Was his statement to the Herald just an ill-considered attempt say something nice about the Globe during its time of duress? And most important: what role, if any, did Linda Pizzuti play in all this?

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