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Red Sox today: What Angels fans need to know

October 1, 2008 |  2:49 pm

From left, Red Sox President Larry Luchino, former Red Sox great Johnnie Pesky and team owner John Henry.

Even billionaires have headaches these days, but the one who owns the Red Sox is managing to cope just fine. In fact, "I'm loving it" is pretty much John Henry's motto, what with owning the mega-juggernaut Red Sox franchise as it tries to defend last year's World Series championship. The ALDS series begins this evening in Anaheim, home of the Angels, a franchise Henry thought about trying to buy before he took over the Red Sox.

He tells the Boston Globe's Dan Shaughnessy: "Just before buying the Red Sox I was trying to buy the Angels. I was with the Marlins in Boston and I remember thinking how different it would be to own a team where everyone knows who you are. If you said you were involved with the Angels, people would say, 'What kind of Angels?' That was a big advantage of not being here because you'd have privacy."

And we learn a bit more about the mansion he's building after tearing down the former McCourt digs in Brookline. (Registration required.)

How Kevin Youkilis became the MVP candidate that he is.

The predictions are in, and most favor the Angels.

Meanwhile, J.D. Drew is expected to start tonight.

The Angels' problems with the Red Sox in the playoffs seem to have been elevated to hex status.

And lastly, OK, it's not an Angels-Red Sox item, but a Boston Herald guy takes issue with Manny Ramirez and our own T.J. Simers.

-- Steve Clow

Photo: From left, Red Sox President Larry Luchino, former Red Sox great Johnnie Pesky and team owner John Henry pose after Pesky's number was retired Sunday. Credit: C.J. Gunther / EPA

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