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Fighting Words: The Media, The Red Sox and How Boston Finally Won It All Hardcover – July 25, 2009


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  • Hardcover: 280 pages
  • Publisher: Rounder Books; First Edition edition (July 25, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 157940121X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1579401214
  • Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 0.9 x 9.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,189,502 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By WDX2BB on December 27, 2014
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What a good idea for a book.

Jerry Beach wondered about the complex relationship among the Boston Red Sox players, front office staff and media that covers them both. The triangle has taken all sorts of twists and turns over the years, and it's probably the most fascinating relationship of its kind in the country.

So he started talking to people. And more people. And more people, over the course of five years. The result is "Fighting Words," which goes into all kinds of depth about a subject that is too infrequently explored.

A little history lesson probably needs to come out at the start. The Red Sox usually have been passionately followed by the fans of New England. The news media, following that lead, often has been combative. Ted Williams had some legendary fights with the so-called Knights of the Keyboard -- newspapers were definitely in charge back then.

While the Red Sox were always news, interest went up a few notches when they won an unexpected pennant in 1967. But the situation started to peak around 2000, when Boston started a run of success that it hadn't matched in more than 80 years.

The writers were still tough, and there were more of them. Plus, players were making more money than ever before and were more distant and combative when it came to the media. Throw in an ever-increasing army of electronic journalists, and eventually add those with some connection to the Internet. Then mix it all together in Fenway Park, the nation's oldest major-league park which can be claustrophobic due to the limited amount of space for all concerns.

Given all that, it's surprising more fistfights haven't broken out over the years.
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