The Red Sox Years

Francona, Terry, 1959-

(Book - 2013)
Average Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5.
From 2004 to 2011, Terry Francona managed the Boston Red Sox, perhaps the most scrutinized team in all of sports. During that time, every home game was a sellout. Every play, call, word, gesture—on the field and off—was analyzed by thousands. And every decision was either genius, or disastrous. In those eight years, the Red Sox were transformed from a cursed franchise to one of the most successful and profitable in baseball history—only to fall back to last place as soon as Francona was gone. Now, inFrancona: The Red Sox Years, the decorated manager opens up for the first time about his tenure in Boston, unspooling the narrative of how this world-class organization reached such incredible highs and dipped to equally incredible lows. But through it all, there was always baseball, that beautiful game of which Francona never lost sight.

As no book has ever quite done before, Francona escorts readers into the rarefied world of a twenty-first-century clubhouse, revealing the mercurial dynamic of the national pastime from the inside out. From his unique vantage point, Francona chronicles an epic era, from 2004, his first year as the Sox skipper, when they won their first championship in 86 years, through another win in 2007, to the controversial September collapse just four years later. He recounts the tightrope walk of managing unpredictable personalities such as Pedro Martinez and Manny Ramirez and working with Theo Epstein, the general managing phenom, and his statistics-driven executives. It was a job that meant balancing their voluminous data with the emotions of a 25-man roster. It was a job that also meant trying to meet the expectations of three owners with often wildly differing opinions. Along the way, readers are treated to never-before-told stories about their favorite players, moments, losses, and wins.

Ultimately, when for the Red Sox it became less about winning and more about making money, Francona contends they lost their way. But it was an unforgettable, endlessly entertaining, and instructive time in baseball history, one that is documented and celebrated in Francona, a book that examines like no other the art of managing in today’s game.

An insightful, honest, and entertaining narrative of Terry Francona's tenure with the Red Sox franchise, during which time he managed two teams to World Series victories (including their first in eighty-six years) and oversaw some of the most iconic and colorful players in the game.

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An insightful, honest & entertaining narrative of Terry Francona's tenure with the Red Sox franchise, during which time he managed two teams to World Series victories & oversaw some of the most iconic & colorful players in the game.

Publisher: Boston : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2013
ISBN: 9780547928173
Branch Call Number: 796.3576 F
Characteristics: 306 p. : ill. (chiefly col.) ; 24 cm.
Additional Contributors: Shaughnessy, Dan


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Apr 04, 2013
  • DirtyHarry55 rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

The book was good, but don't go into reading it expecting a lot of dirt. Most of the stuff discussed in the book are already public knowledge through the media.

Feb 12, 2013
  • jayvicious rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I love this book. This book is hard to put down. I'm a died hard New York Mets fan and I respect the Red Soxs. I totally respect Terry Francona and the former Boston Red Sox's general manager, "Theo Epstein. After reading this book I become even more of a huge fan of Terry and Theo, and found out that players like Manny Ramirez, David Wells, Jay Payton and the Red Soxs owners was difficult.
Great book. You gotta read it. Baseball fan or non baseball fan.


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Apr 04, 2013
  • DirtyHarry55 rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

A history of the tenure of former Red Sox manager Terry Franconia. Illustrates many of the difficulties faced by Franconia in dealing with the owners of the Red Sox and dealing with some rather difficult superstars of the sport.


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Apr 04, 2013
  • DirtyHarry55 rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

Coarse Language: Many an f-bomb is thrown in this book.


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