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Red Sox Rule: Terry Francona and Boston's…

Red Sox Rule: Terry Francona and Boston's Rise to Dominance

by Michael Holley

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This is less about the 2007 season and more a short biography of Terry Francona. Francona finally got his longer biography in 2013. ( )
  bunnygirl | Mar 31, 2013 |
Good stuff. Michael Holley is a very good writer/author. Uh, much better than he seems at some points on the radio. ( )
  DanieXJ | Mar 17, 2012 |
Synopsis: The full title Red Sox Rule: Terry Francona and Boston's Rise to Dominance is somewhat misleading in the fact that doesn't focus on the team as a whole. It is a biography on Terry Francona, the manager of the Boston Red Sox and how he helped the team win 2 World Series trophies. The book gives side-stories of Francona's childhood, major-league play, and pre-Red Sox management jobs. It also give an account of the 2007 season: spring training to playoffs.

Pros: humanizes Francona, gives Red Sox fans a "behind the scenes" feeling

Cons: Not enough about the team - 2004 was barely touched upon! The author jumps around, which can be confusing, especially for those (like me) who can't remember every player, game, year, etc. ( )
  jayde1599 | Jan 12, 2009 |
Terry Francona was the best thing to come to Boston since the last World Series Trophy of 1918 (of course this is pre '04 & '07). Red Sox Rule is the tale of Terry's life leading up to and through his tenure with the Boston Red Sox.

This book is for those interested in learning about his trials and tribulations from his childhood to his MLB playing and managaing days. ( )
  Ti99er | Nov 20, 2008 |
Fun read with lots of facts and back stories - really humanizes Terry Francona. Well paced, easy page turner and a must-read for Red Sox fans... If you like baseball trivia you'll love the Michael Jordan stories. ( )
  caseylondon | Oct 7, 2008 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0061458546, Hardcover)

Michael Holley, bestselling author of Patriot Reign, provides an inside look at how it all happened. With the exclusive cooperation of Terry Francona and stories from the clubhouse and the conference room, Holley reveals the private sessions and the dugout and front-office strategies that have made the Boston Red Sox a budding dynasty.

When Grady Little's job prospects were dimming during game seven of the Red Sox–Yankees playoffs in 2003, Oakland A's bench coach Terry Francona was puttering around his house, unaware of his fate. General manager Theo Epstein and owner John Henry sat in their Fenway box, praying that Little would pull Pedro Martinez. And fans throughout New England howled when Martinez remained in the game and the Sox lost the series. They wanted Little's head, and they got it.

In Epstein and Henry's search for a manager, they wanted someone from the new school, someone who could manage wealthy and/or sensitive players and rely not only on gut and instinct but also on the cold science of statistics. Francona, the son of a professional baseball player and a major leaguer himself until devastating knee injuries ended his career prematurely, was a dark horse candidate. After all, he'd been a mediocre manager while with the Phillies. But he had a great head for the game, and as the manager for the minor league Birmingham Barons, he had managed none other than Michael Jordan without a glitch.

After Francona's job interview with Epstein, which included a written test and a game simulation, the Red Sox felt they'd found their man. And now, after two championships in four seasons, they have their proof.

With a team of disparate personalities, from the inscrutable Manny Ramirez to the affable David Ortiz, Francona and the Red Sox have overtaken their hated archnemesis, the New York Yankees, as the American League's elite team.

Insightful, fascinating, and surprising, Red Sox Rule is the story of the changing face of baseball and the inner workings of its finest organization.

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An over-the-shoulder peek at the first manager in 86 years to guide the Boston Red Sox to a world championship. To research this book, sportswriter Michael Holley followed the Bosox skipper through the entire 2007 season. A dugout view of a history maker.--From publisher description.… (more)

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