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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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  • Sean
  • EDINBURG, TEXAS, United States
  • 03-25-13

I enjoyed it a lot,

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes, I thought it was interesting. I liked the details of working for such a high profile team.

Who was your favorite character and why?

My favorite character was Terry Francona.

Have you listened to any of Jeff Gurner’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

No, I haven't.

Any additional comments?

Even for a more casual baseball fan, this is really good.

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  • Hal VT
  • Bennington, VT USA
  • 03-23-13

Fly on the clubhouse wall

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Absolutely. Any Sox fan who has felt a little like George Steinbrenner or Bill Veeck has been running things at Fenway for the past few years without quite being able to put their finger on why they have that feeling will find a lot of clarity in this behind-the-scenes look at the ballclub from a manager's-eye-view. Things you may have noticed, without quite making sense of, all add up here. I expected a bit of sour grapes, but Tito's criticisms of the organization all fit with the more-than-casual fan's experiences of the Red Sox over the past decade or so, and he invariably qualifies them with the acknowledgement that the front office and the manager's office have different agendas because they serve different purposes for the organization.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Francona, somewhat obviously. It's good to hear that some of his more seemingly boneheaded decisions were in view of the bigger picture. While it sucks to spend money to go to Fenway on a day the team rolls over, Tito explains why sometimes that's still the best call for the team and the organization.

Have you listened to any of Jeff Gurner’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Not sure if I've heard anything else of his, but the occasional mispronunciations of names - it's "Bill Miller," not "Bill Mueller," regardlesss of spelling - exposes him as someone who doesn't follow the team. Distracting? Not terribly. Could they have found ONE narrator who knows the player names for the Boston Red Sox? I'd imagine so.

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

Funny in spots, sure. Crying....uhh, no.

Any additional comments?

This is, overall, probably the most addictive audiobook I've gotten in the past year. If you've been a Sox fan, especially if you've been around for the entire career arc of Francona at Four Yawkey Way, give it a listen. You'll be surprised at how many of these games you personally remember, and at Tito's commentary on those games and the circumstances in which they were played. A really nice fly-on-the-clubhouse-wall book that tempts a lifelong Boston fan to root for the Indians in 2013....especially once you learn about what a nutroll the ownership group for the Red Sox is.

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A Great Baseball Story

What made the experience of listening to Francona the most enjoyable?

Francona is a family story, about the Francona family, and his baseball family the Boston Red Sox.

What did you like best about this story?

The warmth, honesty and intensity expressed by Terry Francona.

Have you listened to any of Jeff Gurner’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

No

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

A Bronx Tale in Fenway Park. <br/><br/>Like the DeNiro Film, Francona is a baseball purist who has to function in a world run by CEO's, GM's and statistical gurus who try to compromise his belief in the players and the sport.

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Good Sports Book

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

If you are a Red Sox or just a baseball fan then it will be very entertaining

Which character – as performed by Jeff Gurner – was your favorite?

Tito was the character best performed

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

I wish I had the time to listen to this in all one sitting. It would be worth the time.

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I loved it!!!

I am a longtime Boston Red Sox fan and reading this book brought me back to some of the best (and worst) moments of my adult fanhood. Terry Francona was and still is my favorite manager in MLB. Anyone who respects Tito should read this book. I loved it!!!

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Extraordinary man - extraordinary book

I had absolutely no idea about crap Francona dealt with every day. To do so with children in harm's way, is nothing short of extraordinary...

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Must for Sox fan

This is a great read. It offers a ton of insight into the the inner medlings of the Sox by management. Thanks Tito and Theo for what yo you've done for us!

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Shaughnessy's agenda too apparent

For anyone familiar with Dan Shaughnessy's work, it is all too obvious this is his book. Francona's quotes and comments are far more gracious than commentary inserted by Shaughnessy. He just loves stirring the pot, and is as guilty as anyone - maybe more so - for amping up the idiotic chicken and beer story.

The narrator does a pretty good job, but sort of does voices for the different quotes. Not extreme, but distracting when you know the voices of all the people involved.

Overall interesting as a Sox fan, but the World Series win of 2013 changes a lot of the perspectives here (which was finished in early 2013).

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Love Tito

Good book! I enjoyed hearing all the stories and inter workings of the Boston Red Sox! LETS GO RED SOX!!

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Tito Tells All!

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Every ballplayer has a story. And ballplayers are a tight knit family. It's just that Tito's story and family connections are especially interesting.<br/><br/>SPOILERS BELOW<br/><br/>How does one person get to manage the short-lived baseball career of Michael Jordan -and- end the Curse of the Bambino? And mentor a young Jon Lester through his early career and cancer treatments? And gets to return to his father's baseball roots in Cleveland? Fascinating.<br/><br/>Tito definitely gets his last word in against Sox ownership as he and the organization parted ways in 2011, and most everything he says seems (incredibly!) plausible and justified.<br/><br/>From the details of growing up as the son of a pro ballplayer through his career through the locker room dirt of the 2004 Idiots and beyond, this book is great for any MLB fan and a must-read for a Boston fan like myself.<br/><br/>Gurner's narration was just fine. Sure he botches a name or two, but he nails every F-bomb.<br/><br/>Go Sox, go Tito--thanks for sharing your terrific, salty stories with the fans of this game.

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  • Adam
  • 11-22-15

A great account of his time with the Sox.

Really enjoyable listen. Tito comes across as an everyman's manager, the sort of guy you'd like to work for. It's just a shame the way it ended on such a sour note but a wild ride and a compelling listen nonetheless.

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  • Stewart
  • 12-04-16

Fascinating story

A life long baseball fan who thought I knew a lot about the game, I was amazed at the amount of back room squabbles and infighting. Astounded at how certain high profile players could influence decision making by the manager.
Terry Francona was very hard done by the Red Sox but I'm sure he'll get a bronze statue in the fullness of time.
A highly recommended book!!!
A great listen