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Don't judge Red Sox on one loss

Significance of Martinez's departure won't be known for a while

Updated: November 24, 2010, 12:31 AM ET
By Gordon Edes | ESPNBoston.com

BOSTON -- The interview was with the BBC, and a dapper John W. Henry was speaking about the newest bauble in his sporting collection: the Reds of Liverpool, not the Red Sox of Boston.

"We're definitely in the market for the highest-caliber players," Henry said, "but age is an issue.''

Bring him back to this side of The Pond, and Henry could just as easily have been offering an explanation for why the Red Sox permitted the Detroit Tigers to outbid them for the services of free-agent ...

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