Most of the original e-mail John Henry sent to Bill James, inviting him to work for the Sox
August 21, 2002
Rob Neyer gave me your email address. I'm John Henry, principal owner of the Red Sox. I'm taking the liberty of writing you because I am a long-time fan of yours and your work.
If I may ask, why you don't work in baseball? Rob told me that at one point you did consult for the Royals. I would think you might find it quite rewarding to work with a group of like-minded people within MLB. Theo Epstein, our Asst GM, said to me recently, ''Why don't we recruit Bill James?" I was a little shocked because I think so many people in MLB fail to acknowledge your contributions to the game.
We're intent on building an open, warm and exciting working environment for the best in the game on and off the field. With or without you, we are going to be building on what you have introduced to the game we love. We have access to great universities. We have access to highly intelligent people who love the Red Sox and thrive on devising strategies. But most of all we have a commitment to the people of New England to bring a world championship to a community that lives and dies daily with the fortunes of their Old Towne Team.
We're engaged in this epic, long-term battle/saga with the New York Yankees. We are determined to achieve what no long-suffering, die-hard Red Sox fan believes can actually happen. Wherever we go across the nation, Red Sox fans come out in large numbers. They're all waiting to be delivered. It's not an exaggeration. Short of war, there has not been a bigger quest since King Arthur's days. We've joined together, we're having a lot of fun and it's just beginning here.
Perhaps there is a way to fulfill your mission in baseball beyond the significant achievements you have already attained.