Why Not Us?: The 86-Year Journey of the Boston Red Sox Fans from Unparalleled Suffering to the Promised Land of the 2004 World Series

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For 86 years, Red Sox fans have been hungry. Generation after generation has watched and hoped and prayed for victory. And generation after generation has turned away utterly despondent-after the crushing near-misses of 1946 (when the Sox lost the World Series in 7 games), '48 (lost a one game play-off to Cleveland), '49 (heartbreak to the Yankees), '67 (again, lost the World Series in 7), '75 (and again, lost the World Series in 7), Bucky in '78, Buckner in '86, Boone in 2003-then come back the next spring, ...
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For 86 years, Red Sox fans have been hungry. Generation after generation has watched and hoped and prayed for victory. And generation after generation has turned away utterly despondent-after the crushing near-misses of 1946 (when the Sox lost the World Series in 7 games), '48 (lost a one game play-off to Cleveland), '49 (heartbreak to the Yankees), '67 (again, lost the World Series in 7), '75 (and again, lost the World Series in 7), Bucky in '78, Buckner in '86, Boone in 2003-then come back the next spring, wounded, yet hopeful again. The losing, the angst, the self-flagellation became so codified that it had even developed marketing names. The suffering was called "The Curse of the Bambino." The sufferers were called "Red Sox Nation"- the ultimate underdogs. Would it ever end?

And then it did.

Why Not Us? is not a book about how the Red Sox achieved their amazing victory in the 2004 World Series - an avalanche of books, and time, will take care of that nicely. It is a book about what that victory meant to the fans. It's a book about how it felt to be a Red Sox fan - not only at 20 minutes to midnight on October 27, 2004, but decades before. Leigh Montville has interviewed dozens of fans: friends, friends of friends, old sportswriters, ball-players, public figures, and plain folk. The resulting book is their stories - bittersweet stories of passion and pain, eternal hope and crushing despair, the seemingly endless agony and the strange ecstasy of being a Red Sox fan.

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"Captures the funny and often poignant tales of dozens of Hub fans..."
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"Any true fan should enjoy the read, even while getting ready for next season."
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Adult/High School-The triumph of the Boston Red Sox in the autumn of the 2004 World Series leaped from the sports pages into the headlines. The longtime search of the Sox for that elusive victory had become part of our cultural consciousness: any mention of the long-suffering but ever-hopeful Red Sox Nation (as the fans are called) was understood throughout the U.S. Montville has brought together a treasure trove of stories, including his own, that give just the right sense of what it has meant to be a fan of this team. The similar themes never become tedious or repetitive: instead they work together to depict the Red Sox fan base. Even for those who do not care about the team or about baseball, this book offers wonderful insight into the passions that one develops in youth and about their importance in our lives.-Ted Westervelt, Library of Congress, Washington, DC Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
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  • ISBN-13: 9781586483333
  • Publisher: PublicAffairs
  • Publication date: 12/21/2004
  • Pages: 183
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 8.02 (h) x 0.78 (d)

Meet the Author

Leigh Montville, former sports columnist at theBoston Globeand former senior writer atSports Illustrated, is the best-selling author ofTed Williams: The Biography of an American HeroandAt the Altar of Speed: The Fast Life and Tragic Death of Dale Earnhardt.He lives near Fenway Park.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 16, 2007

    Every baseball nut needs this one

    Any sports fan knows that rivalries are what take a great game to the next level. Perhaps the greatest rivalry in modern sports is the Red Sox and the Yankees. Anyone who lived, drank, jumped up and down, and survived the 2004 series between the two knows the electricity in the air for that monumental series was never greater in a century of sports. This book is penned by one of the great sportswriters or our era, Leigh Montville. Leigh writes for the Boston Globe, and he is the master of describing the trials and tribulations of the great Boston teams that get oh so close to fame, but never seem to grasp the champagne. Quite a great perspective here from both the writer and sports fan at heart, covering the Sox and their troubles from 1918 to today. Pick this one up and kick back in the recliner. It's a great one.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 6, 2005

    Red Sox Nation's Passion

    This book is terrific. Leigh Montville takes you inside the faithful Red Sox Nation as fans share tales of hope and their love of the team. The stories that are told are sometimes heart wrenching and the book will give you a new understanding of what the Red Sox means to all of New England. I am not a Red Sox fan but this book is a must read 4 all baseball fanatics.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 1, 2005

    Excellent book

    This book is passionate and very well written. The auther does an excellent job of putting together the many different stories in the book to create a brilliant tale of love between the fans, their team, and the entire region. The book is easy to read and mesmerizing. You won't be able to put it down. A must read not only for Red Sox fans, but for baseball fans in general. Sometimes funny, sometimes heart-wrenching, this book has been 86 years in the making and is well worth the wait.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 27, 2004

    Wicked Good!

    A book to savor. Describes better than anything else I've seen what it means to be a Red Sox fan. Most of us are still pinching ourselves to make sure that it's not a dream. The end of the first chapter alone is worth the price of admission. Thanks Leigh.

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