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Francona: The Red Sox Years | [Terry Francona, Dan Shaughnessy]

Francona: The Red Sox Years

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.
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Publisher's Summary

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

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    Terence Dahlonega, GA, United States 04-23-13
    Terence Dahlonega, GA, United States 04-23-13 Member Since 2014
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    "A Fun, Incestuous, Listen"
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    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.

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    Perry Yarmouth port, Massachusetts, US 03-18-13
    Perry Yarmouth port, Massachusetts, US 03-18-13
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    "Francona Sheds Light on Disastrous End"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    This book is especially interesting to Red Sox Fans, but others interested in baseball can observe the inner workings of a team.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Francona, struggled not only with the players and management, but with his own shortcomings and health issues.


    What does Jeff Gurner bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Actually, Jeff pronounced some of the names wrong.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    no


    Any additional comments?

    Worth the read if you like baseball, and especially if you are a New Englander.

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    Mark 03-01-13
    Mark 03-01-13 Member Since 2013
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    "If you're a sox fan, you have to own this"

    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.

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    Dennis Charlestown, MA, United States 02-28-13
    Dennis Charlestown, MA, United States 02-28-13 Member Since 2014

    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.

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    "In the dugout & clubhouse."

    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.

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    Jim McDonald Augusta, GA 02-25-13
    Jim McDonald Augusta, GA 02-25-13
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    "Long but entertaining - if you are a baseball nut"
    Would you listen to Francona again? Why?

    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.


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    Thomas R. Johnson Berkley, MA United States 02-19-13
    Thomas R. Johnson Berkley, MA United States 02-19-13
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    "Great book!"
    If you could sum up Francona in three words, what would they be?

    Behind the scenes


    What other book might you compare Francona to and why?

    The Brothers Esposito for the story BEHIND the championships.


    What does Jeff Gurner bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    The ability for me to enjoy the book while driving.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Francona . . . A winner DESPITE his team's idiot owners.


    Any additional comments?

    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."

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    Jordanel Melrose, MA 02-03-13
    Jordanel Melrose, MA 02-03-13 Member Since 2012
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    "For die-hard Red Sox Fans Only"

    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.

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    Heather United States 03-02-13
    Heather United States 03-02-13
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    "TAKE OUT THE BREATHS!"
    What made the experience of listening to Francona the most enjoyable?

    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!


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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