Admiring the fruits of their labor

Red Sox brass paint a sunny picture after an ovation-worthy offseason spending spree

Updated: February 19, 2011, 5:27 PM ET
By Gordon Edes | ESPNBoston.com

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Mark Teixeira may have declared the New York Yankees underdogs, but Red Sox ownership isn't buying it.

"I don't see us as such a clear favorite,'' said majority owner John W. Henry, who was not responding specifically to Teixeira's comments but a broader perception that the Red Sox have the edge over their archrivals. "I see the teams as fairly evenly matched still. We've got our work cut out for us to win the division.''

Henry's partners, Larry ...

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