Francona - Terry Francona & Dan Shaughnessy


By Terry Francona & Dan Shaughnessy

  • Release Date: 2014-04-01
  • Genre: Baseball
Francona book review score

4.5 Score: 4.5 (From 501 Ratings)

Francona Terry Francona & Dan Shaughnessy Book Review Score: ★★★★★ 5/5 stars

From 2004 to 2011, Terry Francona managed the Boston Red Sox, perhaps the most scrutinized team in all of sports. During that time, every home game was a sellout. Every play, call, word, gesture—on the field and off—was analyzed by thousands. And every decision was either genius, or disastrous. In those eight years, the Red Sox were transformed from a cursed franchise to one of the most successful and profitable in baseball history—only to fall back to last place as soon as Francona was gone. Now, in Francona: The Red Sox Years, the decorated manager opens up for the first time about his tenure in Boston, unspooling the narrative of how this world-class organization reached such incredible highs and dipped to equally incredible lows. But through it all, there was always baseball, that beautiful game of which Francona never lost sight.

As no book has ever quite done before, Francona escorts readers into the rarefied world of a twenty-first-century clubhouse, revealing the mercurial dynamic of the national pastime from the inside out. From his unique vantage point, Francona chronicles an epic era, from 2004, his first year as the Sox skipper, 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 unpredictable personalities such as Pedro Martinez and Manny Ramirez and working with Theo Epstein, the general managing phenom, and his statistics-driven executives. It was a job that meant balancing their voluminous data with the emotions of a 25-man roster. It was a job that also meant trying to meet the expectations of three owners with often wildly differing opinions. Along the way, readers are treated to never-before-told stories about their favorite players, moments, losses, and wins.

Ultimately, when for the Red Sox it became less about winning and more about making money, Francona contends they lost their way. But it was an unforgettable, endlessly entertaining, and instructive time in baseball history, one that is documented and celebrated in Francona, a book that examines like no other the art of managing in today’s game.

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User reviews about this book

  • Go Red Sox!

    By Rcrvunfuvjfuv
    This book is great if you are a Red Sox fan! #RedSoxNation
  • Great for any sports fan.

    By Boston 333
    5 stars. Great book. This is for sure is a page turner, I couldn't put it down. The only slightly boring parts are the chapters about Franconas childhood and the parts about his father. Everything else though is like being right beside Francona as he is living this moments in baseball history he describes.
  • Superb! A journey into the team of my childhood and my father's childhood

    By BrianMobileGuy
    Each morning I have read a few pages on the train I to work and quickly and effortlessly, I was sitting alongside Red Sox Nation's Manager. I feel as though I know my team better, and it has strengthened my love baseball by bringing me closer to my father's favorite pastime. The humility, candor and compassion The Manager showed his team can be used as insightful lessons for any supervisor looking to become a leader. Thank you Mr. Francona for bringing timeless pride to the Red Sox. @BrianMobileGuy
  • READ!!!!

    By Ziyad Naccasha
    This is the best book I've ever read. That's it.
  • Miss Francona

    By TEE-BEE
    Good perspective on the challenges of managing a major league team in a huge market like Boston, vs. the business side of baseball.. Still miss Francona. As a lifelong Sox fan, I didn't appreciate what we had until it was gone.
  • Dysfunction

    By DED23232323
    Tito is too classy for the Red Sox organization. This book shows how the Henry ownership group only cared about themselves.
  • Sox hater

    By Butchbeer
    I am a die hard Yankee fan for 40 years and I've Always admired the way Francona held himself, he seemed always in control, however I could never get over the way the sox beat us those 4 games in a row. I thought I might get some insight by reading this book. Well worth it was a good read. Francona has morals which are hard to come by in this age. Good luck.terry Butch
  • Great, Honest and enlightening read

    By Paq'y
    Loved this book. Lifelong Red Sox fan who no longer follows the club at all. Over the past several years things would be reported via "anonymous sources" that don't belong in the public sector. It was never enough that a player or coach etc would be leaving the organization. There always was that leak following the exit. What was done to Terry Francona is a disgrace of epic proportions. The man brought 2 World Series titles to this ownership group and what he got in return is just disgraceful. Henry, Werner, and especially Lucchino, who comes off as a sneaky snake oil salesman, are completely out of touch and have their priorities in the complete wrong order. This book does a great job describing all of that in detail. I hope Terry experiences even more success in Cleveland and want to thank him for his tremendous contributions during his time in Boston. The true fans will never forget what a great leader, Manager, and person he is.
  • Very informative

    By Drdavidhayward
    Very good book. I enjoyed the insight into what it was like to manage the Red Sox.
  • Good read

    By Saints31
    It was interesting to read about how baseball operations runs and what it takes to be a major league manager off the field. By the end of the book I felt it was more of a story to show that Tito was a good guy and Red Sox ownership villains.

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