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What he was writing, though, along with his friend and fellow novelist Stewart O'Nan, was Faithful, a diary of the 2004 Red Sox season. Faithful is written not from inside the clubhouse or the press room, but from the outside, from the stands and the sofa in front of the TV, by two fans who, like the rest of New England, have lived and died (mostly died) with the Sox for decades. From opposite ends of Red Sox Nation, King in Maine and O'Nan at the border of Yankees country in Connecticut, they would meet in the middle at Fenway Park or trade emails from home about the games they'd both stayed up past midnight to watch. King (or, rather, "Steve") is emotional, O'Nan (or "Stew") is obsessively analytical. Steve, as the most famous Sox fan who didn't star in Gigli, is a folk hero of sorts, trading high fives with doormen and enjoying box seats better than John Kerry's, while Stew is an anonymous nomad, roving all over the park. (Although he's such a shameless ballhound that he gains some minor celebrity as "Netman" when he brings a giant fishing net to hawk batting-practice flies from the top of the Green Monster.)
You won't find any of the Roger Angell-style lyricism here that baseball, and the Sox in particular, seem to bring out in people. (King wouldn't stand for it.) Instead, this is the voice of sports talk radio: two fans by turns hopeful, distraught, and elated, who assess every inside pitch and every waiver move as a personal affront or vindication. Full of daily play-by-play and a season's rises and falls, Faithful isn't self-reflective or flat-out funny enough to become a sports classic like Fever Pitch, Ball Four, or A Fan's Notes, but like everything else associated with the Red Sox 2004 season, from the signing of Curt Schilling to Dave Roberts's outstretched fingers, it carries the golden glow of destiny. And, of course, it's got a heck of an ending. --Tom Nissley --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
It's a great read for any Red Sox fan. It brought back a lot of wonderful memories of that season.Published 3 months ago by Regina Hafemann
Fair....Not up to King's standards. Tough to follow who was writing...King or O'Nan.....Like King's novels much better Ready for another soon!Published 4 months ago by Robert J. Dobens
I am extremely happen with the condition the book arrived. As a lifelong Sox fan and New Englander I look forward to reading this book finally. Go Sox!Published 6 months ago by Rob
As with all Stephen King books and stories, I love it! He is such a talented author and I love all his books..Published 7 months ago by Dolly L. Bartley
I did not expect a journal about baseball. I have not finished the book yet. I bought it because it is a Stephen King book and I have everything by him. Mixed feelings on this. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Baker Woman
This book chronicles the most magical season in Red Sox history. The authors lucked out big time when they started this diary in the beginning of the season. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Section36
It's difficult to imagine a more unlikely book concept. And *impossible* to absorb the luck of its timing. Read morePublished on February 4, 2012 by David A. Baer
I was looking forward to reading this book from the time I first heard of the project. I FINALLY got a chance to read it recently and it was a nice, relatively quick and fun read. Read morePublished on July 23, 2010 by James V. Froio Jr.
When I first reviewed this book I gave it 2 and one-half stars and wrote some rather pointed things about how the book documented manifest instances of Stewart O'Nan's... Read morePublished on May 6, 2010 by John H. Clark III