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Francona: The Red Sox Years by Terry Francona with Dan Shaughnessy

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March Madness still has a week to go, and yet...Opening Day is here. As Don DeLillo wrote, it is "the deep eros of memory that separates baseball from other sports."

Terry Francona with Dan Shaughnessy, Francona: The Red Sox Years

Terry Francona is the new manager of the Cleveland Indians, but he will always be remembered for helming the Boston Red Sox the year they broke "The Curse of the Bambino." The end of the team's 86-year World Series drought introduced a whole new era for the Carmine Hose, with dramatically increased popularity, seasons-long sellouts, and countless "Sweet Caroline" sing-alongs. At the center of all of this was Francona, the public face of an organization learning to adjust from being a group of lovable losers to a true baseball dynasty. In this book, you'll get the inside story on the joys, frustrations and sorrows of running this history-making team, along with insights into the personalities of some of the team's biggest names, from Big Papi to Pedro to "Manny being Manny". A great read to start the new season.

Brett @ Central

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