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Could have been much much much better
on January 10, 2010
i've been a Red Sox fan since they signed Dice-K, and i saw 101 Reasons to Love the Red Sox at our bookstore for about $7.00 and bought it up.
the book overall is alright, but it could have been better and doesn't mention some of the good stuff that makes Red Sox Nation one of a kind.
For example, there is no mention of Dice-K at all, no mention of John Lester's No-Hitter, or Neil Diamond's "Sweet Caroline", which was broadcast to the world during the National Hockey League's 2010 Winter Classic between Boston and Philly. And the book is a 2008 edition, so it does mention Clay Buchholtz's No-No but nothing on Dice-K? Ellsbury and Pedrioa are mentioned as a duo but The Yuker gets his own number?
Also, Ted Williams is ranked #37? but Jimmie Fox #35? Curse of the Babe #24? For real? it seems to me the author had a good idea and this was the end result. In my opinion, here are MY top 8 reasons to Love the Red Sox, none of which are either mentioned or mentioned way later in the book.
1- Red Sox Nation, none like it
2- Curse of the Babe, this was the biggest reason Boston was known for
3- Breaking the Curse, Down 3-0 to the Yankees to win the Pennant
4- First World Series in 86 years, everyone was rooting for Boston
5- Ted Williams, he is Mr. Red Sox
6- The Green Monster, the single most iconic image of Fenway
7- Fenway Park, one of the last remaining gems of baseball
8- The Citgo sign, probably the 2nd most iconic image about Fenway
The book does bring to light several parts of the rich history of the Boston Red Sox, like the Citgo Sign, the Green Monster, the scoreboard and Peskey's Pole, just not enough.
overall, i thought the book was good in the history, but to a fan of the Red Sox like myself, i thought it could have been much better.
Fever Pitch is ranked #77, yet the film showed more Red Sox history than Field of Dreams and will always be remembered as the film made while the Red Sox were making their way to the 2004 World Series.