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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
     

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

by Leigh Montville
 
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

Overview

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.

Editorial Reviews

Buffalo News
"Captures the funny and often poignant tales of dozens of Hub fans..."
New York Daily News
"Any true fan should enjoy the read, even while getting ready for next season."
School Library Journal
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.

Product Details

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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