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Current run thrills Sox owner Henry

Current run thrills Sox owner Henry

DENVER -- John Henry was sitting bug-eyed in the stands at Coors Field on Saturday night as his Red Sox inched toward a 3-0 lead over the Rockies in the 103rd World Series.

If Boston prevails and goes on to sweep the Series on Sunday night, it will be two World Series titles in four years for a team that hadn't won even one from 1918 until 2004.

And without The Curse of the Bambino hanging over his head, Henry, the Red Sox's principal owner, was having a grand old time, a much better time than he did three years ago, when the Red Sox swept the Cardinals to win the World Series for the first time in 86 years. That championship came after they faced four elimination games in the American League Championship Series and defeated the Yankees.

"I'm enjoying this much more," Henry said on the field before the Red Sox defeated the Rockies, 10-5, to take what is historically an insurmountable lead in the series. "In 2004, every game, every pitch, it all depended on how much suffering you could endure. We wanted to win so badly after all those years. After all that against the Yankees, even when we were leading in Game 4 at St. Louis, you were still waiting for something awful to happen.

"We're feeling pretty good right now. If we win this time, it will make people feel like 2004 wasn't a fluke, that the organization's philosophy is sound, that we're not just a flash in the pan."

Henry was still the owner of the Marlins in early 2002, when he was involved in the three-way trade that changed baseball history. Henry headed the tandem that purchased the Red Sox while Major League Baseball bought the Expos from Jeffery Loria and flipped his group to Florida, where it still remains in control of the Marlins.

In the six seasons since then, the Red Sox have seemingly worked their way toward two World Series titles, the Marlins defeated the Yankees in the 2003 World Series and the Expos were moved to Washington, D.C., and sold to local interests. Next season, the Nationals will move into a new $611 million ballpark along the Anacostia River just south of the Capitol building.

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Henry, who like the current Florida ownership group couldn't find a way to fund a new ballpark in South Florida, said he was ecstatic to have made the switch.

"I feel very fortunate that things worked out so well," Henry said, "that I ended up coming to New England, where baseball is life and death, where Fenway Park is baseball's Mecca. Men and women of all ages -- everyone cares so much. So if you're going to be passionate about something, if you want to be part of something that matters, it's great to be part of the Red Sox, because they matter so much in New England."

Barry M. Bloom is a national reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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