From famed manager Terry Francona, a lively, unvarnished narrative of his tenure with the storied Boston Red Sox From 2004 to 2011, Terry Francona managed the Boston Red Sox, the most talked about, scrutinized team in all of sports. In Francona the legendary manager opens up for the first time about his eight years there, as they went from cursed franchise to one of the most successful and profitable in baseball history. He takes readers inside the rarefied world of a 21st-century clubhouse, from 2004 when they won their first championship in 86 years, through another win in 2007, to the controversial September collapse just four years later. He recounts the tightrope walk of managing personalities like Pedro Martinez and Manny Ramirez, working with Theo Epstein and his statistics-driven executives, balancing their data with the emotions of a 25-man roster, and meeting the expectations of three owners with often wildly differing opinions. Along the way listeners are treated with back-slapping, never-before-told stories about their favorite players, moments, losses, and wins. Those eight years were a wild, unforgettable ride, and now the fascinating full story can be told in an audiobook that examines like no other the art of managing in today's game.
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by Dan Jenkins
by Erik Prince
by Karen Miller
by Daniel Suarez
by Adam Shaughnessy
by Karen Traviss
"BOSTON GLOBE sports columnist Dan Shaughnessy teams up with Terry Francona to recount the story of the manager's tenure with the Boston Red Sox. It was a period of highs (two World Series titles) and lows (a deteriorating relationship with owners). Narrator Jeff Gurner offers a steady hand throughout a collaboration that has no dull moments. Taking advantage of Shaughnessy's pacing and Francona's honest insight, Gurner occasionally offers slight vocal imitations--he portrays David Ortiz especially well. His tone projects intense emotions when appropriate. Red Sox fans will enjoy the stories behind some of their team's greatest years. Cleveland Indians fans will love the wonderful insights into their first-year manager. And Gurner's narration will help draw in any person interested in what a manager endures--on and off the field. M.B. (c) AudioFile 2013, Portland, Maine"
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