Perhaps it's my inner Grinch/Twins fan talking, but I was struck by Sox owner John Henry's response to losing the Mark Texeira sweepstakes to the Yankees. From the Globe's Nick Cafardo:
"From the moment we arrived in Boston in late 2001, we saw it as a
monumental challenge," Sox owner John Henry said in an e-mail to the
Associated Press, in reference to competing with the Yankees.