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One Pitch from Glory: A Decade of Running the Red Sox Hardcover – March 1, 2005
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If you are a diehard Sox fan looking for insight to the inner
workings of the team during Gorman's tenure, the book offers little of significance. Gorman leaves the reader wanting to know more. He discusses the Wade Boggs/Margo Adams scandal like an observer. Yet Ms. Adams frequently traveled with the team. Obviously the organization allowed this, but we don't find out any more about it. He mentions having negotiated with Bruce Hurst for over a year before he was 'devastated' when Hurst left as a free agent. Yet there is no discussion about the negotiations or what went wrong.
On the positive side, is is apparent that Gorman was a dedicated, hard working GM who loved the Sox and indeed brought them 'One Pitch From Glory' in what is one of the most difficult jobs in baseball- running the Red Sox. Gorman pegs much of the Boston baseball media exactly as many of them are - negative and miserable. He also opens the book strongly with an interesting (and still wrenching, despite the glory of 2004) behind the scenes look at the '86 World Series. I wish the rest of the book contained as much insider detail.
It is appropriate and pleasing to this reader that Gorman drank champagne the night the Sox finally won it all !
My one regret when reading this book is that I didn't remember enough about the teams Gorman was discussing. He did a great job of saying why he made the moves that he made. I just wish I knew more of the other side of the coin. When he says that he acquired Danny Darwin because he thought he would help the club, I don't know enough to say, "But you passed on so-and-so!" Which is really an important part of it. Was Frank Viola the best pitcher available? Or, did Gorman misread the market, or gloss over another player? Even with that drawback this was a wonderful read. It sometimes has a feeling of an apology. Or, at least an explanation. Why he did the Bagwell trade. Why injuries killed the team. Things like that. It was great to see the behind the scenes inter-workings of a GM. How did the signing of Jack Clark come to be? It's also interesting to read this now, after watching Theo and Company for so many years. Gorman was certainly from an older generation of GMs. He was much more people orientated than business. He also gave his all every season to win that championship. He didn't talk much about building an organization. He talked an awful lot, though, about winning for Jean Yawkey. It's an obvious difference, and makes for a great read.
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