Losing J.Damon was a huge mistake. If you look at his numbers during his 4 yr's with NY, they are virtually identical to the numbers he had with the Sox. For the Sox, he had been a popular,productive and clutch performer. I blame ownership for his loss as much as Theo. One of their first objectives should have been extending Damons contract when they arrived in '03. Damon loved playing in Boston. He was an integral part of the team. Chances are, they could have extended him another 5 years for much cheaper dollars then what he eventually got. This occured often in later years with Jason Bay, Victor Martinez, and others . Situations where had they acted aggresively from the day they aquired a player, they probably would have signed for much less. The Red Sox have an arrogant attitude when it comes to retaining their players. "We put a dollar amount on what we think a players is worth and will not exceed it". This stance ticks off the player and his agent, and costs the Sox millions of dollars and the loss of good players. There were many more mistakes, but that's enough for one post.