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Red Sox Rule: Terry Francona and Boston’s Rise to Dominance Hardcover – March 25, 2008
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About the Author
MICHAEL HOLLEY is the author of the New York Times bestsellers Patriot Reign, Never Give Up (with Tedy Bruschi), and Red Sox Rule. He was a Boston Globe sportswriter for ten years, and he is the cohost of The Big Show on Boston sports radio station WEEI. Holley lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts, with his wife and two sons.
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Top Customer Reviews
Instead, Jordan's Furniture came on the air to announce yesterday that if the Red Sox win the World Series in four straight in 2008 you will be reimbursed for your furniture purchases. It sounds crazy, but in 2004 and 2007 the Red Sox won in sweeps.
As I write this, the Red Sox are behind against the A's in Tokyo. Dice-K is all the rage and left with a no-decision.
I picked up Red Sox Rule to help get me into the mood for the new season. I was pleasantly surprised to learn new things about Terry Francona, Boston's championship manager. His job interview with Theo Epstein (the young GM) included two examinations! I also didn't know much about Francona's career as a player . . . nor his experience as manager of the Phillies.
When Francona was selected, I couldn't figure out why anyone would have chosen him. Having seen his work from the bench, I've been impressed by his heart, his discipline, his even-keeled personality, and his defense of the players. Francona is the right manager for Boston.
I had also forgotten that Francona had been Michael Jordan's manager while MJ was a baseball player. It was good to be reminded.
Those are the highlights of the book. Most of the rest is filler.
I found several aspects of the book to be disappointing:
1. The 2004 season is ignored.
2. The 2007 season is described too briefly.
3. You don't get much of a sense about how Francona combines old school instinct and new school statistics although Mr.Read more ›
Buy this book for the sections on Terry Francona's life, which are indeed very good, and don't expect 200 pages of meat. It's a solid book and an easy read, but hard core fans probably won't be satisfied and I didn't feel I got my money's worth.
I also find interesting that Holley managed to write this book without hardly a mention of Curt Schilling. Schilling is in there when discussing Terry Francona in Philadelphia and of course when he pitches in the playoffs, but other than that there is hardly a mention of him.
All in all I think Red Sox fans will enjoy this book but in my mind it provides very little insight into the team.
Baseball makes great fodder for writers because the sport is so inherently nuanced - and yet too often writers try too hard and overdo it, lapsing into cliche and clumsily zapping all the magic.
Not Holley. His writing is brilliantly, poetically restrained, letting the rich and riveting facts and analysis shine through. What results is a truly shaded portrayal of a truly compelling man. A digestible read that is not forgotten once the final page is turned. A book that is eminently informative - but also subtly moving.
I learned things I never knew about my favorite team, about Terry Francona, and about managing in baseball generally. But this provocative work also left me thinking about life, love, the passage of time. Just like the sport itself.
Kudos to Michael Holley, whose work I have long admired, for this satisfying addition to the canon of great sports writing.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A very informative read on the players and front office politics. Not quite the read that Terry Francona bio was, but close. If you are a Red Sox fan you will enjoy this.Published 13 months ago by Book Worm Baby
The book Red Sox Rule by Michael Holley is about Terry Francona and what he went through to get his job as the Boston Red Sox manager. Read morePublished on April 3, 2014 by Alex Hawkins
THis was a very interesting account of the great Red Sox ball team and how the front office plays into the season.Published on March 2, 2014 by Julie
Second-guessing the manager of the Boston Red Sox is practically the hobby of every fan in New England, but there were signs by 2008 that Terry Francona was starting to get the... Read morePublished on February 25, 2014 by WDX2BB
These were a gift for a friend who is a big Red Sox fan, she loves them! Go Red Sox!Published on January 1, 2014 by GKK
I gave this book as a gift to my cousin who would like to play for the Red Sox someday. I heard about the author via a mystery series where he is mentioned as worth reading, if you... Read morePublished on March 18, 2013 by J. M. Greenwood
Excellent book. Written well. Enjoyed from cover to cover. Recommended reading for Sox fans and other Bostonians. Couldn't put it down.Published on February 16, 2013 by Robert G Richardson
This book takes a unique look at the Red Sox championship run. Rather than focus on the team, or the front office, it looks squarely at the manager Terry Francona. Read morePublished on August 1, 2012 by Section36
I must say I was let down with this book. It is basically a biography of Terry Francona with bits and pieces of other Red Sox information thrown in. Read morePublished on February 12, 2010 by J. Carbone