Features a bonus interview with authors Terry Francona and Dan Shaughnessy
From famed manager Terry Francona, a lively, unvarnished narrative of his tenure with the storied Boston Red Sox...
From 2004 to 2011, Terry Francona managed the Boston Red Sox, the most talked-about, scrutinized team in all of sports. In Francona the legendary manager opens up for the first time about his eight years there, as they went from cursed franchise to one of the most successful and profitable in baseball history. He takes listeners inside the rarefied world of a 21st-century clubhouse, from 2004 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 personalities like Pedro Martinez and Manny Ramirez, working with Theo Epstein and his statistics-driven executives, balancing their data with the emotions of a 25-man roster, and meeting the expectations of three owners with often wildly differing opinions.
Along the way listeners are treated with back-slapping, never-before-told stories about their favorite players, moments, losses, and wins. Those eight years were a wild, unforgettable ride, and now the fascinating full story can be told in an audiobook that examines like no other the art of managing in today's game.
©2013 Terry Francona and Dan Shaughnessy (P)2013 Macmillan Audio
Say something about yourself!
Writing of problems and experiences that are unique to managing a big league club. Francona was not afraid of telling like it was, those problems that happened to him during his tenure in Boston. That brings the reader new insights into what goes on in the head of the manager. Yet he does not betray the club house trust of his players and coaches. These little things that Francona does a great job of conveying, is what make this book a must read baseball book.
I was hesitant at first of buying this book, because I am no fan of the Red Sox; but I am a huge fan of the game. So I went a head with this book, and am so glad that I did. I have read many baseball books over the years. Including Joe Torre’s recent book about his managing the Yankee’s. I found Francona’s book just as interesting, and enjoyable. In many ways Francona is better at putting down the nuances of his thoughts while managing than Torre.
So, if you are a fan of the game of baseball and have wondered “what was he thinking” of a managers decision. This book will go a long way in answering that question. Jeff Gruner’s narration of the book is a joy to listen to. His pacing and inflections are good, and he never has any of those annoying moments or things. Over all between the authors and the narrator, they make a five star listen.
Terry Francona is a MLB manager and not a pulitzer prize nominated author, which is made quite obvious through the first chapter. However, most people didn't purchase "Francona: The Red Sox Years" for its ability to ignite them with powerful imagery or seduce them with a unique writing style. The book does its job; giving the reader a decade's worth of insight into the social atmosphere of the Red Sox clubhouse. A behind-the-scenes novel that tastfully garnishes itself with nostalgia.
Perception! His perception of Manny Ramirez and the ball club's perception of Manny
Very well written and narrated. The audio book moves quickly and is gossipy and fun. But in the end, it's basically a love story between Franconer and Theo. The two of them essentially do no wrong, but we fans realize it's a little more complicated than that. They did have a great run together though, and this book is essentially a celebration of that. Obviously, it will be of most interest to Sox fans like myself, but I recommend it to other fans of the game as well.
This book is especially interesting to Red Sox Fans, but others interested in baseball can observe the inner workings of a team.
Francona, struggled not only with the players and management, but with his own shortcomings and health issues.
Actually, Jeff pronounced some of the names wrong.
Worth the read if you like baseball, and especially if you are a New Englander.
if you're a sox fan and/or love good baseball stories, you have to read this. Not surprisingly, Francona is very respectful. Says very few bad things about players and is pretty tame when it comes to Sox ownership. But mostly the book is worth reading because of all the fun little baseball stories that aren't newsworthy or earth-shattering but are just pure fun.
Born and raised in the Charlestown section of Boston. Irish-American, music (punk rock), crime & history, or anything having to do with those are my favorite subjects.
As a Sox fan & season ticket holder for many years, I experienced the lows, then highs, and lows again with the team.
Francona's frank, and insider information was very interesting. The "untold story" and behind the scenes tales are eye-opening and shocking at points. His battles with ownership and others (MLB officials) in addition to his kinship with players & coaches has been documented but getting his side of the story was refreshing & made for a great book.
Shaughnessy made the perfect co-writer because of his closeness to, and coverage of the team.
Any Red Sox or baseball fan should find this book extremely entertaining & informative.
I am a Yankees fan but still enjoyed the book. You have to be a baseball nut to enjoy this. The f-word is used a thousand times in this 14 hour audio book. But if you can get past that, you can get a good insight on what it was like to be the manager of the RedSox.
Behind the scenes
The Brothers Esposito for the story BEHIND the championships.
The ability for me to enjoy the book while driving.
Francona . . . A winner DESPITE his team's idiot owners.
Minor snags in the narration which should have been caught by an astoute audio editor. Don't remember the specifics, but there were errors in the phrasing of a pitcher's record where, for example, something like "6-1" was spoken as "6-to-1" rather than "6-AND-1."
A recap of Francona's years as the manager of the Red Sox; it doesn't reveal much behind-the-scenes information that hadn't already been made public in the Boston press. The detail presented in the book and too-frequent quotes from Francona and Epstein and clubhouse guys make this book relevant only to the most avid Red Sox fan, and perhaps a few others who are curious about general aspects oft baseball - clubhouse atmosphere, friendship networks among past teammates, coaching experiences, etc. The narrator was good enough, and I learned from him that the plural of the abbreviation for runS batted in is RBI, with no "S" on the end. And I also learned that Francona used the word F*** in every sentence, which was faithfully represented in his quotes.
Wish I could talk about the book itself but I need to get the message out. Breaths every 5 seconds in this book. It's beyond irritating. Please fix this for future listeners!
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