John Henry and Linda Pizutti Henry are one of Boston's premier power couples. (Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports)

John Henry and Linda Pizutti Henry are one of Boston’s premier power couples. (Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports)

Red Sox principal owner John Henry and his wife, Linda Pizutti Henry, are perhaps Boston’s most famous power couple. But their relationship remains shrouded in mystery, largely due to John Henry’s guarded public persona.

In a new Boston Magazine profile, Linda opens up about her marriage with the billionaire businessman, who’s 26 years her elder. Raised on the North Shore in close-knit Italian family, Linda, 38, says her father was originally against her relationship with the 66-year-old Henry. He was afraid of her getting overshadowed, she explains.

“My father was very proud,” she told Boston Magazine. “He didn’t want me to be in someone’s shadow. And for him, you know, I was this younger woman. So people were making assumptions about my intentions that were insulting to my father, to my family. That, you know, I would be doing something for material intentions.”

When they first met at the Liberty Hotel in 2008, Linda, who isn’t a sports fan, apparently didn’t know who Henry was. She originally rebuffed his courtship, at least partially because of her friends’ and family member’s misgivings.

Linda, who obtained her master’s in real estate from MIT in 2006, dated exhaustively throughout her 20s. Her friends say Henry’s intellect is what ultimately reeled her in, along with romantic late-night emails. Boston Magazine published one of them in a 2009 feature story about the couple.

“We feted the Celtics tonight and the skies opened. The sun emerged and created a giant rainbow between the city and the park. We were transfixed,” Henry wrote. “You only saw it if you were in the right place. I was in the right place when I noticed you.”

The profile, which focuses on Linda’s efforts to bring the Boston Globe back to profitability, paints her as an independent woman who uses her relationship with Henry as a way to pursue her various business interests. She’s taken on an increasingly prominent position at the Globe, where Henry has faded to the background.

Given Henry’s penchant for reclusiveness, it’s easy to imagine a future where Linda takes on a larger role with the Red Sox, too. As of now, her biggest contributions to the club include the creation of Tessie, sister to Wally the Green Monster, and Fenway Park’s sustainable rooftop garden.

Assuming their marriage lasts, Linda Pizutti Henry may become the most influential and powerful woman in Boston. Good thing she didn’t turn away the hermit-like older gentleman who approached her at the Liberty nine years ago. Despite her friends’ claims to the contrary, it’s almost as if she knew who he was.

Blog Author: 
Alex Reimer
Hour 4: MMQB had full day breakdown of Boston Globe's Peter Abraham and the guys have a field day with it.

[0:00:28] ... globes Red Sox beat man Pete Abraham in the middle of a road trip. First of all I never requested that anybody actually requested Peter King. They could if I could get so they in the ...
[0:04:32] ... the Pacific time here. And Abraham after a stop for a large Red Bull at a convenience store. Is able to check in early at the Marriott courtyard spur of the Oakland coliseum that's been put ...
[0:13:51] ... that that that says hey I'm I'm serious about my craft and Isiah Thomas bounces and yeah. Well at 121000 work. I'm Kevin QB today was 121000. American that couldn't hit the cutting how. How was ...





Hour 4: MMQB had full day breakdown of Boston Globe's Peter Abraham and the guys have a field day with it.

[0:00:28] ... globes Red Sox beat man Pete Abraham in the middle of a road trip. First of all I never requested that anybody actually requested Peter King. They could if I could get so they in the ...
[0:04:32] ... the Pacific time here. And Abraham after a stop for a large Red Bull at a convenience store. Is able to check in early at the Marriott courtyard spur of the Oakland coliseum that's been put ...
[0:13:51] ... that that that says hey I'm I'm serious about my craft and Isiah Thomas bounces and yeah. Well at 121000 work. I'm Kevin QB today was 121000. American that couldn't hit the cutting how. How was ...





Hour 3: LeBron's media buddy Brian Windhorst has LBJ's back after exchange with fan. The guys question if it was Windhosrt or LeBron that asked the fan "what have you ever done?" Callers wonder the future of I.T. on the Celtics. Glenn thinks this Red Sox team is boring.
Hour 3: LeBron's media buddy Brian Windhorst has LBJ's back after exchange with fan. The guys question if it was Windhosrt or LeBron that asked the fan "what have you ever done?" Callers wonder the future of I.T. on the Celtics. Glenn thinks this Red Sox team is boring.

[0:09:12] ... Credit. And consumers on his team now in use second score with Isiah Thomas and I understand the role he plays it's just that. Eventually get need some scores credit and under I don't know a tea I don't. It is. And cut dries you might think off topic is that at this I would rather have Isaiah Thomas but. I think in a year from now you'll see in draft faults and you go on and if you figure out then but I just think any scores in these scores in this Leah Isiah Thomas Neil's second scoring goes Isaiah now when he got. You know a consistent first score on site Hayward know. OK boom that's that league you don't play in the eighty's and ninety's anymore they play in the hundreds under and 15120. Games now K forty point games. That's where you play you need people who can score. I think you take a lot of heat off of Isiah Thomas if you add somebody like Hayward that takes all of the pressure off of him. Now the Martell Fultz thing is your building for the future. Now maybe get what you got out of Jalen brown this past year for more helpful to gives you some some some some hints that he might. They have some real upside as the ship around a little bit of that and isn't given you the idea that. The next step we have yes it sounds but I'm just think you have Isiah Thomas you know the consistent second school when Yemen is rosters third scores. In assisting guys third score which is what you have ...
[0:11:35] ... be a forty minute right. Morning twenty to 44. Yesterday upgrade from Amir Johnson's role player you're looking for but why is Amir Johnson complaint we know that I have no idea. Bush or even one human outs. The sub was pout Zeller. So they obviously ...
[0:13:11] ... more game. Yet this credit. Went when did you release are noticing Isiah Thomas was hurt. And in game in game two will be in his book talking out Roy yeah if you didn't do anything ...
[0:18:38] ... people they're reaching but if you tell me. That you can trade Isiah Thomas and you can get Kevin Durant. I'm gonna do. If you compare LeBron I'm gonna do it unique why Leonard amounted to ...






Hour 2: Marcus Smart's new hot hand in Game 3 made him star last night, will that carry through the rest of the season? Skip Bayless believes the Celtics are better without I.T. and gives his reasons why, the guys give their thoughts.
Hour 2: Marcus Smart's new hot hand in Game 3 made him star last night, will that carry through the rest of the season? Skip Bayless believes the Celtics are better without I.T. and gives his reasons why, the guys give their thoughts.

[0:01:27] ... up early in the morning and what else but if you're a LeBron James and you scored eleven points carrier ring goes off Kevin Lowe goes off. You scored eleven points in your sixth deals are ...
[0:07:19] ... is is Marcus mark. Is this what these people doing with out Isiah Thomas is Isiah Thomas holding back Marcus Martin. I mean yeah you don't so I know it's ridiculous it's ridiculous but that's what happens you are. But we went through with David Ortiz we went through with David Ortiz will get to the Red Sox later on. But is anybody look at the slugging percentage of a of this in the slugging average has anybody looked at the RBIs anybody looked at the home runs with a rights act as though David Ortiz cannot you start to see what it's like. Getting back to Isiah Thomas the difference is market Smart can do it every once in awhile. And I like them I like him. On eight championship. Type of team because he is that guy that makes big plays when you need a during the course of the game. Colonel Bob planned forty minutes and played him every night. Isiah Thomas is gonna come out those type of performances. Nine out of ten nights eight out of ten nights marquee sports gonna do ...
[0:08:49] ... thirty million bucks and lets I can get Kevin Durant for him. LeBron James form. A takeaway a letter for their handheld players that I'll sit here and say I will trade off. But I'm gonna ...
[0:16:45] ... drama guy's gonna be sitting on the bench but they talk about Isiah Thomas you got to take them off for defense. What do you do to drama at the end of games he's out there ...






The Celtics came back to win in Game 3 vs the Cavs, but Christian and Lou missed it. Where did Marcus Smarts's 3 point shot come from? We look at where the Celtics stand without I.T. the rest of the postseason. The guys rip an awful take from a host on our sister station..
The Celtics came back to win in Game 3 vs the Cavs, but Christian and Lou missed it. Where did Marcus Smarts's 3 point shot come from? We look at where the Celtics stand without I.T. the rest of the postseason. The guys rip an awful take from a host on our sister station..

[0:02:34] ... you closure rise of the third quarter. Like what Dick did this LeBron James get hurt. Beat Karrie Irving get hurt did I did Thomas makes some sort of miraculous you know rival and with all ...
[0:05:11] ... at that point. You do Evelyn. Yeah at that point you are LeBron James saying okay this is one of those nights I can take off. And the work that way and it's I think happened ...
[0:08:45] ... don't expect to even have that attitude give them but from the Deron Williams running down court chest bumping back and forth. Really throwing Kevin Love down really that. There wasn't I didn't meet the cantaloupe ...





Colin Kaepernick's jersey will soon be displayed in the Smithsonian. (Robert Hanashiro-USA TODAY Sports)

Colin Kaepernick’s jersey will soon be displayed in the Smithsonian. (Robert Hanashiro-USA TODAY Sports)

Colin Kaepernick’s jersey may not appear on an NFL field again. But it will soon be displayed in the Smithsonian.

Thanks to a donation late last year from sociologist Harry Edwards, the National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington D.C. acquired the jersey Kaepernick wore in 2016 while he was protesting the national anthem. The museum’s curator of sports, Damion Thomas, told USA Today last week the piece of memorabilia will be showcased within the next one or two years.

Edwards, who organized the Olympic Project for Human Rights, explained why he thinks Kaepernick needs to be recognized in the museum as soon as possible.

“I said, ‘Don’t wait 50 years to try to get some memorabilia and so forth on Kaepernick,'” he said. “”‘Let me give you a game jersey, some shoes, a picture … And it should be put right there alongside Muhammad Ali. He’s this generation’s Ali.'”

Kaepernick’s decision to kneel during the national anthem last season to protest police brutality in African American neighborhoods started a nationwide movement, with high school players joining as well. He remains a free agent, leading some to ask whether he’s been blackballed from the league due to his social activism. Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll said recently he was open to bringing Kaepernick aboard, but there hasn’t been any reported progress on contract negotiations.

Since speaking out about police violence, Kaepernick has involved himself in a litany of social projects. This offseason, he’s helped deliver food and water to famine-ravaged Somalia and brought his “Know Your Rights” camp to Chicago, in which more than 200 students attended workshops on financial literacy, college preparation and interacting with law enforcement.

The 29-year-old quarterback recently purchase an apartment in Manhattan, where he handed out free suits outside of a parole office earlier this month.

Blog Author: 
Alex Reimer