For 86 years, the Red Sox labored under the Curse of the Bambino, never winning a World Series until a group of self-proclaimed “Idiots” banished the curse in 2004.
Ten years later, MLB.com writer Ian Browne caught up with many of the men from that never-say-die squad and wove their memories of the season, the playoffs, and their subsequent lives with his own journalism to create a book that is both poignant and hugely entertaining.
Woven around the 2004 memories and insights of Derek Lowe, Keith Foulke, Dave Roberts, Gabe Kapler, Pedro Martinez, Johnny Damon, Mark Bellhorn, Tim Wakefield, Terry Francona, Theo Epstein, and others.
A marvelous gift and profoundly satisfying read for Red Sox fans.
|Publisher:||Tilbury House Publishers|
|Product dimensions:||5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.70(d)|
About the Author
Ian Browne was born in Detroit, but has spent nearly his whole life in
Boston, and thus is soaked in the town's sport-crazy culture; he went to his first Red Sox game in 1980, and always wanted to see the Red Sox win a World Series and finally, in his third year covering the team for
MLB.com, he did.Ian graduated from Northeastern University with a degree in journalism in 1995. He and his wife, Amy (a fellow graduate of Northeastern Univeristy School of Journalism) have three sons, Tyler,
Ryan, and Casey. They live in West Roxbury, Mass. Of Idiots Revisited, he says, There is nothing like going down Memory Lane with an iconic team.
Designated hitter for the Boston Red Sox.
Table of Contents
1 Winter to Spring Training 16
Woozy Damon Lets Hair Down
2 April 30
Pair of Aces
3 May-Mid-July 41
4 July 24 55
The Day That Changed Everything
5 July 31 66
The Second Day That Changed Everything
6 August-September 81
The Arrival of a Juggernaut
7 Division Series-Early ALCS 93
Sweep, and Then Almost Swept
8 Game 4, ALCS 102
Man of Steal
9 Game 5, ALCS 116
Trotting Toward History
10 Game 6, ALCS 128
Bloody Sock and a Foulke Hero
11 Game 7, ALCS 139
12 Game 1, World Series 152
Bellhorn Rings Pesky's Pole
13 Game 2, World Series 158
Bloody Sock Sequel
14 Game 3, World Series 164
Pedro's Last Stand
15 Game 4, World Series 172
Is This Heaven?
16 Idiot Exodus 184
Coming Full Circle
What People are Saying About This
"Ian's storytelling capability, coupled with his near perfect utilization of player anecdotes, makes for a comfortable read that had me forgetting that I was on my living room couch, deep in nostalgic thought."
"While Red Sox Nation basks in the afterglow of 2013, Ian Browne sheds light on the most important Sox season of them all the 2004 season. This is the year that everything changed."
"Idiots Revisited, Ian Browne's peek behind the curtain of the 2004 Red Sox, is endearing, entertainingand revealing. You thought you knew everything about this team? Guess again."
"As Red Sox fans we take pride in knowing everything about our ball club, but Idiots Revisited overflows with rich details previously untold: the Keith Foulke-Johnny Pesky story . . . a fascinating take on the Tek-A-Rod brawl . . . Orlando Cabrera's strange hold over Manny. Ian Browne does a wonderful job filling gaps in that legendary season."