Red Sox Rule: Terry Francona and Boston's Rise to Dominance

Red Sox Rule: Terry Francona and Boston's Rise to Dominance

by Michael Holley
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Red Sox Rule: Terry Francona and Boston's Rise to Dominance by Michael Holley

The story of the changing face of baseball and the inner workings of its finest organization

After a hundred "cursed" years, the Boston Red Sox rose gloriously to baseball domination. Under the leadership of manager Terry Francona, an extraordinary team of wildly disparate personalities—from the inscrutable Manny Ramirez to the affable David "Big Papi" Ortiz—pulled off two improbable post-season comebacks to make it to the World Series twice in three years . . . and ultimately emerged victorious. In Red Sox Rule, Michael Holley, bestselling author of Patriot Reign, provides a fascinating, insightful, and surprising inside look at how it all happened.

With the exclusive cooperation of Terry Francona and stories from the clubhouse and the conference room, Holley reveals the private sessions and the dugout and front-office strategies that have made the Red Sox a budding dynasty, overtaking their archrivals, the powerful New York Yankees, as the American League's elite team.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780061458545
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 03/25/2008
Pages: 224
Product dimensions: 6.20(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

MICHAEL HOLLEY is the author of the New York Times bestsellers Patriot Reign, Never Give Up (with Tedy Bruschi), and Red Sox Rule. He was a Boston Globe sportswriter for ten years, and he is the cohost of The Big Show on Boston sports radio station WEEI. Holley lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts, with his wife and two sons.

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Red Sox Rule: Terry Francona and Boston's Rise to Dominance 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
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The book Red Sox Rule by Michael Holley is about Terry Francona and what he went through to get his job as the Boston Red Sox manager. The book talks about when he was first the bench coach for the Oakland Athletics and what he went through when he was being scouted and interviewed for the job as manager. Then once he got the job the author describes in depth about what Francona did during the 2004 season and some of the decisions that he made and how the decisions led him and the Red Sox to winning the World Series. The main character of the book is Terry Francona who becomes the Red Sox's manager. Francona is very laid back, but at the same time he is very good at his job. Another character is Theo Epstein who is the Red Sox general manager. Theo Epstein is a young man but at the same time is very smart. Another owner of the Red Sox is John Henry. John Henry has been an owner of the team for a long time so he is very experienced in his job. "On the October night when most of New England directed its rage at Grady Little, Terry Francona was in suburban Philadelphia, halfway paying attention. First he watched one of his three daughters play in a high school volleyball game. Then, grudgingly, he went home and tuned in to the final innings of the playoff series between the Boston Red Sox and New York Yankees. He certainly wasn't excited about spending his time looking at the Red Sox, so he increased his volume on his TV. That way he could travel from room to room and listen to the game when it became to frustrating to watch. He was the bench coach for the Oakland A's, the team the Red Sox had eliminated from the postseason, so it was hard to see Boston where he thought Oakland should have been. I still think we're better than the Red Sox. Hell, we were up two games on them. If we had just run the bases a little better... Talk about impact TV; at no point did he imagine that the broadcast was about to show him something that would land him a job in Boston. This was the most important passage from the book. It was said by the author in the beginning of the book when he was talking about Terry Francona when he wasn't the Red Sox manager and how much he didn't care for and hated the Red Sox. Then he explains how Francona had no clue that the game he was watching on TV was going to give him a job the next season for the Red Sox. This book was very good and was very accurate in the information it gave you. It gave a lot of information and facts that I did not know about before such as Terry Francona's background information, previous jobs in baseball he had, and what he had to do to get the job as the Red Sox's manager and things he had to do once as manager.
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Are better.
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Well i tattaly agree nyy are better
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My favorite baseball team is the patriots. But the Red Sox are my second favorite.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Redsox rock. Hands down
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book! I enjoy "insider" books about sports, especially baseball, and it's a treat to read one that features good writing as well as good stories.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Lays in bed,waiting
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Red sox are the best
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Stacey Rhoads More than 1 year ago
NYY is alot better than red sox!!