Francona: The Red Sox Years

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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2013 - Biography & Autobiography - 360 pages
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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. There was little in between. 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, in "Francona: 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, Terry 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."

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Bought this for my husband for his birthday he is a lifelong Red Sox fan and loved Francona as the coach. He has a long commute for work each day and has enjoyed listening and reminiscing with this CD set. Great gift idea! Read full review

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As a Red Sox fan, I lived through much of the Tito and Sox history in the book, and attended some of those critical games. What I didn't know about was the owners' primary interest in the business ... Read full review


1 Cant you guys do one thing right?
2 Im Mr Franconas son and he wanted me to come over and say hello
3 Theyre not going to fire a guy over one mistake
4 He kind of blew us away Is the guy too nice?
5 Wed better win
6 This is not acceptable
7 Just crazy enough to think we can do this
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12 2009 This is like a reality TV show
13 2010 We need to start winning in more exciting fashion
14 2011 I feel like I let you down
15 Somebody went out of their way to hurt me
16 2012 I guess we should have won a third World Series
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8 2005 Everywhere we went people were bowing and shit
9 2006 We will take care of your son
10 2007 They were all into getting the trophy and they didnt even know I was there
11 2008 This will not help us win
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TERRY “TITO” FRANCONA was a major league baseball player from 1981 to 1990. After he retired as a player, he managed the Philadelphia Phillies for four seasons. From 2004 to 2011 he managed the Boston Red Sox to two World Series championships. He has since worked as a baseball analyst for ESPN, hosting their Sunday Night Baseball telecast, and is now the manager of the Cleveland Indians.

DAN SHAUGHNESSY is an award-winning columnist for the Boston Globe and the author of twelve sports books, includingThe Curse of the Bambino, a best-selling classic. Nine times Shaughnessy has been voted one of America's top ten sports columnists by the Associated Press Sports Editors, and ten times he has been named Massachusetts Sportswriter of the Year.

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