Chasing Steinbrenner: Pursuing the Pennant in Boston and Toronto

Overview

The most storied rivalry in baseball is the Yankees and the Red Sox, despite what had always seemed like an annual exercise in disappointment in New England. When Rob Bradford originally penned CHASING STEINBRENNER, he followed the Red Sox and Blue Jays in the wake of both team’s pursuit of the Yankees in the 2003 season, and that year’s unhappy ending seemed no different than those of previous years. Bradford covered the young general managers of the Red Sox and Blue Jays, showing fans a season through the eyes ...
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Overview

The most storied rivalry in baseball is the Yankees and the Red Sox, despite what had always seemed like an annual exercise in disappointment in New England. When Rob Bradford originally penned CHASING STEINBRENNER, he followed the Red Sox and Blue Jays in the wake of both team’s pursuit of the Yankees in the 2003 season, and that year’s unhappy ending seemed no different than those of previous years. Bradford covered the young general managers of the Red Sox and Blue Jays, showing fans a season through the eyes of Boston’s Theo Epstein and Toronto’s J. P. Ricciardi. Throughout the long march of the 2003 campaign, both men solved problems while relying on new ways of evaluating talent. With a blend of financial good sense, scouting know-how, and baseball analysis such as that pioneered by researchers Pete Palmer and Bill James, Epstein and Ricciardi did their best to chase the financially supercharged Yankees.

Before the Red Sox caught the Yankees in 2004, they chased them in 2003. See the chase, and learn more about how they finally caught the Evil Empire.

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"The fascinating part of Chasing Steinbrenner is watching each of these teams and the wizards behind their respective curtains trying to catch Georgie Porgie's club in their own unique ways."

"If the inside game of baseball fascinates you, then Chasing Steinbrenner is a book you'll likely enjoy."

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781574888706
  • Publisher: Potomac Books Inc.
  • Publication date: 10/31/2005
  • Pages: 320
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.80 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

ROB BRADFORD works the Red Sox beat for the LOWELL SUN. He has also contributed to the SPORTING NEWS. A former collegiate baseball player, he lives in Boston.

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Table of Contents

Ch. 1 The birth (and death) of a season 1
Ch. 2 From Cuba to Beaumont and back 28
Ch. 3 Postcards from a picnic table 62
Ch. 4 A general manager's first game 90
Ch. 5 New beginnings getting old 117
Ch. 6 Fourteen days to sanity 147
Ch. 7 The good, the bad, and the Kielty 177
Ch. 8 The crustacean creation 202
Ch. 9 And now for his musical interlude 225
Ch. 10 Somewhat happy trails 253
Epilogue - the chase continues 288
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