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Interviews from Red Sox™ Nation Hardcover – June, 2006
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David's interviews are always a good read. He asks the questions you want answered. --Jim Callis, Executive Editor, Baseball America
The preparation put into the questions was very impressive. I love talking about the game, just, the game... --Curt Schilling, Pitcher, Boston Red Sox
David set forth into Red Sox Nation with his tape recorder and the grand curiosity of a sociologist. Nice work. --Leigh Montville, Author, The Big Bam: The Life and Times of Babe Ruth
From the Publisher
Unlike any Red Sox book in print Includes more than 100 Q&A interviews with Red Sox figures past and present
Gives insight and understanding of what makes up the world of Red Sox baseball
Includes such figures as Dan Duquette, Curt Schilling, Lou Gorman, Jonathan Papelbon, Johnny Pesky, Jack Clark, Joe Morgan, Bill James, and Joe Castiglione
Top customer reviews
David Laurila shows us that there is hope. Though I'm somewhat biased, since I frequent [...], where Laurila is a contributor and moderator, I have to say that this book is exceedingly well done. It's a compilation of interviews of various Red Sox players, fans, coaches, front office staffers, and miscellaneous others. Nobody is too obscure to be interviewed for this book, but don't be turned off, because Laurila actually asks decent questions and gets interesting and often funny responses from all of them. Red Sox fans will find the Shea Hillenbrand interview particularly good, if they remember how he left town in 2003.
The one problem with it is that it's fairly dense. Read it in small chunks or everything will start to run together. The intention of the book is to be disjointed, so it shouldn't be read like a novel.
My favorite interviews were with Yesterday's Stars, which included many I had followed as a kid and young adult, as well as the interviews by the voices of the game and some of the geeky stat guys. Mind you, it was all worth a quick read at the used book price I paid, but I ended up skimming many of the interviews from younger players that I never heard of and who probably didn't stay with the Red Sox very long.
Then again, if you are a die hard Red Sox fan, you could read it front to back to start with, and then during some of the slower games you watch, or maybe during the off season, you could while away more hours by looking up some of those players and see where they are now.
I simply have to say that I've learned more about how an entire MLB organization works more or less in harmony than anything else I've read. David Laurila provides a broad based snapshot across the length and breadth of Red Sox nation from 2003 to 2005. It offers a glimpse into all levels of players, coaches, pundits, and fans that I've never seen before. Yes, being a collection of interviews with individuals it is very much grounded in time, but also offers a an overview that can be extrapolated to any MLB organization.
I would absolutely recommend this book to anyone who wants to get an across the board look at any baseball club.
But, unlike another reviewer, I have found this to be great hot stove season bathroom reading. Sorry Mr L.
Laurila's gift as an interviewer is his concision. He has thoroughly researched his questions prior to asking them, and so is quickly able to get to the pith of the discussions with each of his subjects, while staying out of the way and letting his interviewees talk. He paints accurate pictures of the mindsets of young, confident pitching prospects...he coaxes cherished memories from the likes of Johnny Pesky and Chaz Scoggins...he elicits dense yet palatable discourses on sabermetrics from such visionaries as Bill James, Pete Palmer, and Eric M. Van.
Must-reads in this tome include a discussion of the steroid issue with Howard Bryant; a trip down memory lane with official Red Sox scorer Chaz Scoggins; a debunking by Glenn Stout of the collective historical fallacies surrounding the Red Sox franchise; and a sabermetric tour de force with Pete Palmer. To be honest there really isn't a dud in the entire tome, but these mentioned are truly outstanding.
In summary, there's something in this book for every kind of Red Sox fan. This is required reading for anyone in Red Sox Nation.
Most recent customer reviews
Mr. Laurila covers a lot of ground here - from an exhaustive interview with Curt Schilling, to Words Of Wisdom from Superfan Anne Quinn...Read more