Opinion: LeBron James joining Red Sox ownership is great news for MLB

Dismiss, for a moment, the many times LeBron James proudly donned, or held aloft, a New York Yankees cap in a highly-public setting.

Ignore, if you can, the slobbering cries of the many man-babies of Beantown who are beside themselves a longtime tormenter of Boston now owns a chunk of the Olde Towne Team.

Forget – and this might be hard – the time LeBron brought four guys from the Y into TD Garden for Game 7 of the Eastern Conference finals and over 48 exquisite minutes of basketball, lifted the Cleveland Cavaliers past the Celtics and into the 2018 Finals.

All that doesn’t much matter now, really, unless you live life not to exult but to loudly legislate your grievances.

LeBron James will soon own a chunk of the Boston Red Sox. And if you don’t think that’s good for the Sox or Major League Baseball, well, it’s never too late to embrace change.

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Hey, we get it. Sports needs heroes and villains and geography, above all, can determine which side of the line an athlete might fall. Yet for both franchise and sport, the impact of a transcendent figure – even if just a small stake in a complicated, ever-evolving global sports conglomerate – cannot be underestimated.

The Red Sox are just 13 months removed from their modern moment of transactional shame – trading 2018 MVP and World Series champion Mookie Betts to the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Betts, of course, went on to win the pandemic-addled 2020 World Series with the Dodgers, all thanks to one jewel franchise’s decision to position the other to employ a perennial MVP candidate for the next decade.


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