By Terry Francona
As no publication has ever fairly performed earlier than, Francona escorts readers into the rarefied international of a twenty-first-century clubhouse, revealing the mercurial dynamic of the nationwide hobby from the interior out. From his exact vantage element, Francona chronicles an epic period, from 2004, his first yr because the Sox skipper, after they gained their first championship in 86 years, via one other win in 2007, to the debatable September cave in simply 4 years later. He recounts the tightrope stroll of handling unpredictable personalities similar to Pedro Martinez and Manny Ramirez and dealing with Theo Epstein, the overall dealing with phenom, and his statistics-driven executives. It was once a task that intended balancing their voluminous information with the feelings of a 25-man roster. It was once a role that still intended attempting to meet the expectancies of 3 vendors with frequently wildly differing reviews. alongside the way in which, readers are taken care of to never-before-told tales approximately their favourite avid gamers, moments, losses, and wins.
Ultimately, while for the crimson Sox it turned much less approximately successful and extra approximately being profitable, Francona contends they misplaced their method. however it used to be an unforgettable, forever wonderful, and instructive time in baseball background, one who is documented and celebrated in Francona, a ebook that examines like no different the paintings of handling in today’s game.
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By the end of his junior season, Francona was America’s top amateur baseball player, winner of the 1980 Golden Spikes Award. 401 and was named College Player of the Year by The Sporting News. 458 and was named MVP. The Expos drafted him with the 22nd pick of the first round, immediately before the New York Mets used their top selection on high school sensation Billy Beane. Baseball lives intersected in the days after the draft when Montreal general manager John McHale called to sign the Expos’ first-round pick.
You are now a piece of meat,” said Birdie. They were both right. Francona’s first encounter with Red Sox legend Dick Williams was underwhelming for both. Williams was the manager of the Montreal Expos, and Terry Francona’s status as a first-round pick qualified him for spring training with the big league club in West Palm Beach. The young outfielder gained considerable weight after his first summer in pro ball and made a poor impression when he showed up in Florida. “In 1980 I played from January to Thanksgiving, playing every day, and I was worn out,” said Francona.
No, you’re going to Daytona,” snapped Williams. Five months later, Little Tito was in the big leagues. And Dick Williams was waiting for him in the visitors’ dugout in the Houston Astrodome. Many Red Sox fans born before 1960 contend that Williams was the best manager in franchise history. Like numerous dugout geniuses, Williams was a marginal major league ballplayer. He cut his teeth in the vaunted Brooklyn Dodger farm system and played with five teams from 1951 to 1964. Williams was hired by Red Sox GM Dick O’Connell after a second-straight ninth-place finish in 1966.
Francona: The Red Sox Years by Terry Francona