In the 10 months since it was announced that the Red Sox were for sale (bids must be in by Aug. 15), interested buyers have courted celebrities to join their efforts. Here's a look at the pros and cons of some of those big names.
Tom Werner, TV producer (The Cosby Show and Roseanne) and former Padres exec PRO Current squeeze Katie Couric could light up Fenway with her smile CON Could be tempted to hire underworked Roseanne to sing national anthem
Jack Welch, retiring CEO of General Electric PRO Free toasters for everyone CON Too many toasted Pop Tarts for Rich (El Guapo) Garces can't be good
George Mitchell, former U.S. Senator from Maine PRO Negotiated peace treaty in Northern Ireland CON Might find it harder to smooth relations between general manager Dan Duquette and skipper Jimy Williams
Ken Burns, filmmaker PRO Knows team's futile history CON Three-hour ball games stretch to 19; new radio team: Shelby Foote and Doris Kearns Goodwin
Stephen King, author PRO Would scare away the curse of you-know-who CON Would scare away everyone else, too