Francona: The Red Sox Years [NOOK Book]

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From 2004 to 2011, Terry Francona managed the Boston Red Sox, perhaps the most scrutinized team in all of sports. During that time, every home game was a sellout. Every play, call, word, gesture—on the field and off—was analyzed by thousands. And every decision was either genius, or disastrous. In those eight years, the Red Sox were transformed from a cursed franchise to one of the most successful and profitable in baseball history—only to fall back to last place as soon as Francona was gone. Now, in Francona: ...
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From 2004 to 2011, Terry Francona managed the Boston Red Sox, perhaps the most scrutinized team in all of sports. During that time, every home game was a sellout. Every play, call, word, gesture—on the field and off—was analyzed by thousands. And every decision was either genius, or disastrous. In those eight years, the Red Sox were transformed from a cursed franchise to one of the most successful and profitable in baseball history—only to fall back to last place as soon as Francona was gone. Now, in Francona: The Red Sox Years, the decorated manager opens up for the first time about his tenure in Boston, unspooling the narrative of how this world-class organization reached such incredible highs and dipped to equally incredible lows. But through it all, there was always baseball, that beautiful game of which Francona never lost sight.

As no book has ever quite done before, Francona escorts readers into the rarefied world of a twenty-first-century clubhouse, revealing the mercurial dynamic of the national pastime from the inside out. From his unique vantage point, Francona chronicles an epic era, from 2004, his first year as the Sox skipper, when they won their first championship in 86 years, through another win in 2007, to the controversial September collapse just four years later. He recounts the tightrope walk of managing unpredictable personalities such as Pedro Martinez and Manny Ramirez and working with Theo Epstein, the general managing phenom, and his statistics-driven executives. It was a job that meant balancing their voluminous data with the emotions of a 25-man roster. It was a job that also meant trying to meet the expectations of three owners with often wildly differing opinions. Along the way, readers are treated to never-before-told stories about their favorite players, moments, losses, and wins.

Ultimately, when for the Red Sox it became less about winning and more about making money, Francona contends they lost their way. But it was an unforgettable, endlessly entertaining, and instructive time in baseball history, one that is documented and celebrated in Francona, a book that examines like no other the art of managing in today’s game.
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For Terry Francona, 2011 was a momentous season in both good and bad senses. In July, the Red Sox manager notched his 1000th victory; in September, he presided over one of the worst team collapses in major league history. Despite his stunning e previous success with the team including the "Curse of the Bambino" ending world championship in 2004, Boston owners declined to renew his contract. Francona lived to lead again; in fact, last year he garnered Manager of the Year honors with the Cleveland Indians; but the Red Sox years remain the most scrutinized part of his baseball career. In this book, this circumspect man opens up about that history-making stint. Now in trade paperback and NOOK Book.

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“Narrator Jeff Gurner offers a steady hand throughout a collaboration that has no dull moments…Red Sox fans will enjoy the stories behind some of their team’s greatest years. Cleveland Indians fans will love the wonderful insights into their first-year manager. And Gurner’s narration will help draw in any person interested in what a manager endures – on and off the field”. – AudioFile Magazine

“Even baseball fans who loathe the Boston Red Sox will find it tough to root against former manager Francona… [Gurner’s] reading keeps the narrative moving forward, and Francona’s story is compelling. All in all, a solid effort that should generate strong demand from baseball fans.” – Booklist

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780547928265
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Publication date: 1/22/2013
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 368
  • Sales rank: 78,688
  • File size: 12 MB
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Meet the Author

TERRY “TITO” FRANCONA was a major league baseball player from 1981 to 1990. After he retired as a player, he managed the Philadelphia Phillies for four seasons. From 2004 to 2011 he managed the Boston Red Sox to two World Series championships. He has since worked as a baseball analyst for ESPN, hosting their Sunday Night Baseball telecast, and is now the manager of the Cleveland Indians.

DAN SHAUGHNESSY is an award-winning columnist for the Boston Globe and the author of twelve sports books, including The Curse of the Bambino, a best-selling classic. Nine times Shaughnessy has been voted one of America’s top ten sports columnists by the Associated Press Sports Editors, and ten times he has been named Massachusetts Sportswriter of the Year.

Terry "Tito" Francona was a first baseman and outfielder in the majors from 1981 to 1990. After retiring as a player, he managed several minor league teams in the 1990s before managing the Philadelphia Phillies for four seasons. In 2004, Francona was hired to manage the Boston Red Sox, and that year he led the team to its first World Series championship since 1918. He won another World Series with Boston in 2007 and continued to manage the team until the end of the 2011 season. He is now a commentator for ESPN, joining in on their Sunday Night Baseball telecast and contributing to ESPN.com.
Dan Shaughnessy is an award-winning columnist for the Boston Globe and the author of several sports books, including The Curse of the Bambino, a best-selling classic. Seven times Shaughnessy has been voted one of America’s top ten sports columnists by Associated Press Sports Editors and named Massachusetts Sportswriter of the Year. He has appeared on Good Morning America, The Today Show, The Early Show, CNN, Nightline, NPR, Imus in the Morning, ESPN, HBO, and many others. He lives in Newton, Massachusetts.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 30, 2013

    Excellent book

    Enjoyed this book cover to cover. Lots of stories i had not heard. I was looking forward to reading this book and i was not disapointed.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 25, 2013

    I was once a proud member of RSN, but doubt I will continue as s

    I was once a proud member of RSN, but doubt I will continue as such. The three gentlemen who own the Red Sox, shame on them. Go Tribe and long live Tito!

    4 out of 13 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 11, 2013

    Interesting that John Henry has shown up at spring training camp

    Interesting that John Henry has shown up at spring training camp. And the the Sox let Ben Cherrington sign a bunch of solid but no name players this off season.
    I can only thing that they have taken this terrific baseball book to hear. If you love baseball regardless of who you root for, you will enjoy this look at what happens behind the scenes. Of course, I loved Terry when he was managing.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 13, 2013

    recovering from major elbow surgery. hate the sox. hate them mor

    recovering from major elbow surgery. hate the sox. hate them more now. a very good book about a very decent guy. i will be rooting for him. thouroughly enjoyed the book.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 8, 2013

    You. Must. Read. This. Book.

    As a Red Sox fan living in the Philly area during Terry Francona's tenures with both the Phils and the Sox, I shared the optimism of both teams when they hired him. I admired the managing he did in both places, and never shared in the fans' souring on him in either place. This book vindicates my faith in the man.

    I have never been a fan of Dan Shaughnessy's negative outlook (his jinned-up "Curse of the Bambino" being just the best-known example), but he puts his bad attitude back in his pocket for this book and shows what kind of an engaging writer he can be when he isn't being an aselloch.

    I enjoyed this book a lot!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 15, 2013

    A well-written book for baseball fans

    I loved this book! Dan Shaughnessy did a fine job of writing about Francona's life and what it's like to be a baseball player and manager. Only a minor part of the book deals with Francona's departure from the Red Sox. Lots of amusing anecdotes about players -- I laughed out loud.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 15, 2013

    Good Read for the Baseball Lover

    Good read into the insights of the Red Sox organization under Tito and Theo

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 8, 2013

    To kat

    You here

    1 out of 12 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 30, 2013

    Great read! Informative, entertaining and a must have if you are

    Great read! Informative, entertaining and a must have if you are a Red Sox fan. It gives you the chance to be a fly on the inside of a major league clubhouse and reveals the true personalities of players and management alike. Never a dull moment.  

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 6, 2013

    RED SOX IS AWEEEEESOMEEEEEEEEEEEEEREEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEER YANKEES IS NOT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!"!!""!!""!!!!!!!!

    OH YEAH

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 26, 2013

    Great read

    I purchased this book for my husband, he is absolutely enjoying the book!

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 1, 2013

    Not boston anymore

    He is the indians manager now

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 1, 2013

    Francona

    As a die hard Yankee fan, I hate everything about the Red Sox. But this book made me a fan of their coach. Anybody who is a baseball fan... including yankee fans, should buy this book.

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  • Posted February 24, 2013

    Highly recommended for any Sox fan (or baseball fan.)

    Great read! Interesting insight into the workings of a MLB team.
    The "voice" of Terry Francona is very true and sincere. If this book was written to make "Tito" a sympathetic character, it succeeded. He was caught between demanding owners and selfish, overpaid players and even after all his success, he was "thrown under the bus."
    I'm not a big fan of Shaughnessy, he did a great job of writing this story.
    Overall, 5 stars! Loved it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 22, 2013

    Had a great time reading Francona: The Red Sox Years. It brough

    Had a great time reading Francona: The Red Sox Years. It brought back a lot of the fun from 2004 and 2007 and the disapointment of 2011. As well as the forgettable year of 2012. Here's hoping that Terry Francona has a great year in Cleveland and that John Farrell can salvage the once proud Red Sox. Hopefully the Owners will treat him better than they did Terry Francona.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 22, 2013

    Must read for any baseball fan

    I am a Bruins fan first, but love all Boston sports and am a long time Red Sox season ticket holder. Even with all I already knew about the Sox this gave additional insight into the loss of focus that resulted in the downfall of a great team

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 22, 2013

    great book

    loved the book

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  • Posted February 22, 2013

    Red Sox fans a must read

    the book is well written and had a lot of information i didn't know about.

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    Posted February 11, 2013

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