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Dynasty: The Inside Story of How the Red Sox Became a Baseball Powerhouse Hardcover – April 1, 2008
“Tony Massarotti uses his keen critical skills and years of personal relationships to give you a balanced look at how the Red Sox discarded their image as the last team to emerge as a perennial contender, eventual World Champion, and international brand. If you identify with the underdog, I bet you'll enjoy this book!”---Dan Duquette, former general manager of the Boston Red Sox
“Tony Massarotti provides an insider’s look at Boston’s rise from cursed to first, providing a must-have book for the true Red Sox fan’s library.”---Tom Verducci, Sports Illustrated
“Red Sox Nation comes alive in this thoughtful and penetrating look at one of the most famous teams in the country by an expert journalist who was there every step of the way.”---Allan H. (Bud) Selig, Commissioner of Baseball
“The Red Sox have built the foundation and the first couple of floors of a dynasty, and Tony Massarotti has been there for the entire construction. There is nobody better to tell the story, and he is a master storyteller."---Buster Olney, ESPN
About the Author
Tony Massarotti, a general sports columnist at the Boston Herald, has been covering the Red Sox and Major League Baseball since 1991. His two previous books include the explosive New York Times bestseller, Big Papi: My Story of Big Dreams and Big Hits, and the Boston Globe bestseller A Tale of Two Cities: The 2004 Red Sox--Yankees Rivalry and the War for the Pennant. He lives in the Boston area with his wife, Natalie, and their sons, Alexander and Xavier.
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Massarotti is a Boston Herald reporter, though, and his status as a member of the very media corps he's often writing about makes things awkward at times and prevents him from engaging in fair evaluation. He is unabashedly biased against those players who are less adept at relating to the media, and he appears to have never recovered his sense of objectivity in the wake of the mess of the 2005 offseason. It was bleedingly obvious from his Herald columns then that he hated Larry Lucchino and loved Theo Epstein, and that has carried right over into this book. Lucchino is constantly pigeon-holed and Epstein is either fawned over or irksomely patronized like a precocious toddler. This line in particular bugged me:
"Shaughnessy's column came a few days after a Herald columnist had similarly skewered Lucchino, who was similarly engaged by the criticism."
That Herald columnist was YOU, Tony, on October 27, 2005! I remember this slam job quite clearly. This is done over and over again, with his own columns attributed to nebulous third persons and no mention made anywhere of who wrote them, as there is no bibliography or index. This strikes me as somewhat disingenuous and tainted the last half of the book in particular. Not enough, however, to prevent me from recommending this book for all Red Sox fans.
The story of 2004 is fun to read as always but I expected more from the author who is a beat writer covering the Sox for the Boston Herald and, according to Varitek in the foreward, a guy who stays in the clubhouse after each game as long as any of his peers. The sub-title of the book calls it an "inside story." However, aside from a few quotes not heard before, virtually everything in the book could have been gleaned from past news coverage. The value of the book is the synthesis of all of this information to explain the Sox rise rather than the revelation of new information.
My other issue with the book is the short shrift given to the 2008 World Series covered in a few pages. In fact, Massarotti seems to be rushing to finish in the final chapters. In one case, he uses the metaphor running on all cylinders twice in consecutive paragraphs. Tighter editing could have helped.
Finally, the title makes me nervous. The Sox are a few championships short of any consideratuion of the "D" word.
Overall,the book is competently written and fun to read for Sox fans. It also has some value as a business book in detailing how culture changes and interpersonal skills in strategy and execution make a difference in product.
Having said that, I did enjoy this one, and breezed through it in two afternoons. Though offering no major insights or material that has not been presented elsewhere, I enjoyed Mazz's coverage of the offseasons especially. It is in the period following the World Series and prior to spring training that so many championships are won or lost. These discussions are the strength of the book and well worth reading.
So "Dynasty" is heartily recommended for Sox fans.
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