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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.

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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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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • Dateigröße: 1087 KB
  • Seitenzahl der Print-Ausgabe: 240 Seiten
  • Verlag: HarperCollins e-books; Auflage: Reprint (17. März 2009)
  • Verkauf durch: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ASIN: B0013TTK58
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86 lange Jahre mussten alle Fans der Boston Red Sox warten, bis sie im Jahre 2004 endlich wieder die Baseball World Series gewinnen konnten. Und nur 4 Jahre später konnten sie dieses Kunststück wiederholen.
Ein großen Anteil an beiden Meisterschaften hatte der Coach der Red Sox, Terry Francona. In diesem Buch wird sein Werdegang - er kommt aus einer Baseball Familie und hat die verschiedenen Stationen als Spieler und Trainer alle erlebt - gezeigt, während die Meistersaison 2007 begleitet wird. Besonders interessant: Als Basketball Superstar Michael Jordan seine NBA-Auszeit nahm, versuchte er sich stattdessen als Baseball Spieler, und sein Trainer in der Nachwuchsliga war niemand anderes als Terry Francona.
Fazit: Ein flüssig zu lesendes Buch, auch wenn es in Englisch ist, kann man sehr gut folgen. Einziger Kritikpunkt: Das Buch ist von allem ein bischen, aber nichts zu 100%: Ein bischen "Saisonbuch", ein bischen Francona-Portrait und z.B. überproportional viel Anteil für das Jordan-Abenteuer.
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After two World Series championships in four seasons, it's hard to reach back into the days of reversing the curse. It seems like something that our grandfathers had to deal with. In fact, the subject never comes up any more.

Instead, Jordan's Furniture came on the air to announce yesterday that if the Red Sox win the World Series in four straight in 2008 you will be reimbursed for your furniture purchases. It sounds crazy, but in 2004 and 2007 the Red Sox won in sweeps.

As I write this, the Red Sox are behind against the A's in Tokyo. Dice-K is all the rage and left with a no-decision.

I picked up Red Sox Rule to help get me into the mood for the new season. I was pleasantly surprised to learn new things about Terry Francona, Boston's championship manager. His job interview with Theo Epstein (the young GM) included two examinations! I also didn't know much about Francona's career as a player . . . nor his experience as manager of the Phillies.

When Francona was selected, I couldn't figure out why anyone would have chosen him. Having seen his work from the bench, I've been impressed by his heart, his discipline, his even-keeled personality, and his defense of the players. Francona is the right manager for Boston.

I had also forgotten that Francona had been Michael Jordan's manager while MJ was a baseball player. It was good to be reminded.

Those are the highlights of the book. Most of the rest is filler.

I found several aspects of the book to be disappointing:

1. The 2004 season is ignored.

2. The 2007 season is described too briefly.

3. You don't get much of a sense about how Francona combines old school instinct and new school statistics although Mr.
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Von Donald Mitchell - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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After two World Series championships in four seasons, it's hard to reach back into the days of reversing the curse. It seems like something that our grandfathers had to deal with. In fact, the subject never comes up any more.

Instead, Jordan's Furniture came on the air to announce yesterday that if the Red Sox win the World Series in four straight in 2008 you will be reimbursed for your furniture purchases. It sounds crazy, but in 2004 and 2007 the Red Sox won in sweeps.

As I write this, the Red Sox are behind against the A's in Tokyo. Dice-K is all the rage and left with a no-decision.

I picked up Red Sox Rule to help get me into the mood for the new season. I was pleasantly surprised to learn new things about Terry Francona, Boston's championship manager. His job interview with Theo Epstein (the young GM) included two examinations! I also didn't know much about Francona's career as a player . . . nor his experience as manager of the Phillies.

When Francona was selected, I couldn't figure out why anyone would have chosen him. Having seen his work from the bench, I've been impressed by his heart, his discipline, his even-keeled personality, and his defense of the players. Francona is the right manager for Boston.

I had also forgotten that Francona had been Michael Jordan's manager while MJ was a baseball player. It was good to be reminded.

Those are the highlights of the book. Most of the rest is filler.

I found several aspects of the book to be disappointing:

1. The 2004 season is ignored.

2. The 2007 season is described too briefly.

3. You don't get much of a sense about how Francona combines old school instinct and new school statistics although Mr. Holley is fond of repeating the point.

4. Although Francona loves to talk baseball, there's not much of his philosophy of managing in the book. You get a brief reference instead such as how he'll bring team issues to the attention of Big Papi who will take care of things for Francona.

5. There is no index.

6. The focus is on explaining the Red Sox to those who don't know the team. That's weird. Yankee fans aren't going to read this book.

I can't imagine that Terry Francona held back a lot from Mr. Holley. My impression is that Mr. Holley wasn't sure how to write about managing. That is a missed opportunity.

After the next World Series championship in Boston, I hope another writer will take on this subject and do a better job.

As a side point, I would like to warn you that my copy is filled with smeared type as though the pages weren't printed properly. If you want to have a pretty copy, you might want to buy yours at a book store where you can check the printing quality before your purchase.
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There are very few books about the recent history of the Red Sox that I consider must-haves. This book, unfortunately, is not one of them. It took me an hour to barrel through: I am normally a really fast reader, but this book just didn't have much substance. The best parts were the autobiographical sections about Terry Francona as a child and early in his baseball career, periods I really didn't know much about. His pulmonary embolism episode was also a gripping read, and I found the description of his managerial interview with the Sox really fascinating. The rest of the book felt really rushed. As a previous reviewer noted, there was very little on the actual process of managing a game, and the glossing over of the 2004 playoffs and several other memorable episodes, such as Theo Epstein's resignation, was troubling. I also wanted a lot more on the 2007 playoffs instead of some quick summaries at the end. It made me think that Holley just didn't want to take the time to write all of it thoroughly so he could get it out before the 2008 season. Well, he was successful at that, but the price is unsophisticated, incomplete writing that will frustrate many fans and bore others.

Buy this book for the sections on Terry Francona's life, which are indeed very good, and don't expect 200 pages of meat. It's a solid book and an easy read, but hard core fans probably won't be satisfied and I didn't feel I got my money's worth.
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HASH(0x9b7ca984) von 5 Sternen Interesting but muddled view of the 2007 Red Sox 16. April 2008
Von R. C Sheehy - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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In this book, Michael Holley writes a book that seems unclear as to what it is trying to do. Is it trying to profile the new dynasty of the Red Sox as the title suggests or is it trying to show what type of management style works best in baseball as the work suggest or is it trying to do something else? I find this book to oftentimes be muddled and confusing as to what it is trying to do exactly. I agree with a lot of the other criticism that the book lacks focus and also seems to lack a frame other then when it suites the immediate need of the story

I also find interesting that Holley managed to write this book without hardly a mention of Curt Schilling. Schilling is in there when discussing Terry Francona in Philadelphia and of course when he pitches in the playoffs, but other than that there is hardly a mention of him.
All in all I think Red Sox fans will enjoy this book but in my mind it provides very little insight into the team.
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HASH(0x9b7ca678) von 5 Sternen For Insights and Brilliance, Holley Rules 9. Juli 2008
Von Rachel Solar - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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I've read countless books on baseball, covering everything from the 1919 Black Sox scandal to right this minute - and this book makes my top five. I found myself canceling plans to read it - and I put it away in two days and was sad to be done.

Baseball makes great fodder for writers because the sport is so inherently nuanced - and yet too often writers try too hard and overdo it, lapsing into cliche and clumsily zapping all the magic.

Not Holley. His writing is brilliantly, poetically restrained, letting the rich and riveting facts and analysis shine through. What results is a truly shaded portrayal of a truly compelling man. A digestible read that is not forgotten once the final page is turned. A book that is eminently informative - but also subtly moving.

I learned things I never knew about my favorite team, about Terry Francona, and about managing in baseball generally. But this provocative work also left me thinking about life, love, the passage of time. Just like the sport itself.

Kudos to Michael Holley, whose work I have long admired, for this satisfying addition to the canon of great sports writing.
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HASH(0x9b7cacf0) von 5 Sternen You have to be a Red Sox fan to really get into this one 10. November 2008
Von Patrick Lagreid - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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Without question, the Red Sox have been one of the most dominant teams in the past five years, which is coincidentally when Terry Francona took over as manager. Brought to Beantown following the Grady Little incident in the 2003 ALCS, he has managed to step into the fire of Red Sox Nation without burning his feet.

Michael Holley is quick to recognize the apparent connection of Francona's arrival and the success of the Red Sox, and offers 202 pages on the man who has been at the healm of the club since 2004.

This is a good read for Red Sox fans looking to learn a bit more about Francona, both on and off the field. Like many, he's taken an interesting route to get where he is, and like most, it hasn't been a straight or easy path to the manager's chair. Having met Francona on several occasions, I wouldn't say he's the most dynamic fellow I've ever come across, and the book didn't do anything to change my opinion of him. It provides quite a bit of information on him that I didn't know before, but given that he's 3,000 miles away from me, its immediate relevance is a bit tougher to discern.

For non-Red Sox fans, such as myself, the insight into Francona may be a bit more than most folks would like to spend 200 pages on. He's a darn good manager, but it's more of a biopic as opposed to a strategy book, although there are some nuggets scattered throughout about how he approaches the game from a strategic sense. You might read this and end up really liking Francona...or you might get to the end and say to yourself, "ok, nice story - now what?"

By no means is Red Sox Rule a bad read - I'd just want to know your interest in the subject matter before giving it a whole-hearted recommendation. If you cheer for the Red Sox, read it - you'll enjoy it. If you're not a Red Sox fan, proceed at your own risk -- I can't guarantee you'll get that into it.
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