Miracle at Fenway The inside story of the Boston Red Sox 2004 championship season

Saul Wisnia

Book - 2014

"Hundreds of articles and several books were written in the immediate aftermath of the [Boston Red Sox] thrilling '04 season, but 10 years have passed and [this book] has a fresh perspective, including the type of analysis and insight that comes with a decade of reflection ... Saul Wisnia has cultivated relationships with people at every level of the Sox organization. From the players to the fans to the upper echelons of team management, he has their accounts of 2004 as they saw it and... as they remember it today, now that the memories have had time to take root and blossom"--

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Published
New York : St. Martin's Press 2014.
Edition
First edition
Language
English
Physical Description
xvii, 295 pages : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 25 cm
Bibliography
Includes bibliographical references and index.
ISBN
9781250031631
125003163X
Main Author
Saul Wisnia (-)
Review by Booklist Reviews

As baseball fans know, the Boston Red Sox won the World Series in 2004, their first championship (after a legendary history of near misses and total failures) since 1918. After reading this book, fans (even many Sox fans) will know a great deal more about that team and its storybook season. Wisnia's well-researched account is more a conventional narrative than an "oral" history; although players, fans, and team execs (Larry Lucchino and Theo Epstein) are quoted extensively, this is Wisnia's book, not theirs. The text makes clear that, despite the Sox' comeback from three games down in the playoffs against the Yankees, the championship was no miracle: the team was methodically assembled (there are more echoes here of Michael Lewis' Moneyball, 2003, than of Peter Golenbock's Bums, 1984) by a front office that had nearly as much to do with the victory as the players on the field—Ortiz, Damon, Millar, Schilling, Martinez, Varitek, and all the others who "cowboyed up" in their breakthrough year. Sox fans will vastly enjoy reliving the season, but it will be heartbreaking reading for Yankee fans (who have plenty of their own books). Copyright 2014 Booklist Reviews.

Review by Publishers Weekly Reviews

Ticketless Boston Red Sox fan Kevin McCarthy snuck into Fenway Park the night before game seven of the 1967 World Series and remained unseen until the morning, only to be caught when he needed to use the bathroom. Larry Lucchino was recovering from cancer treatments at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston when a visit to Fenway Park led to a series of events culminating in his becoming president of the Red Sox. These stories are two of many that make up this unique portrait of the Red Sox and their struggles to win the World Series. Whereas the majority of sports narratives revolve around the athletes, Wisnia (Fenway Park: The Centennial) interestingly chooses to frame his narrative around a variety of perspectives; along the way, he offers fresh insights into well-known stories, such as the Nomar Garciaparra trade saga. Only about half of this book deals directly with the 2004 season, but this is to the reader's advantage since Red Sox history is fascinating, even to non-fans. This is an entertaining book about the power and promise of sports, passionately and intimately told. (July) [Page ]. Copyright 2014 PWxyz LLC

Review by Publisher Summary 1

A 10th anniversary chronicle of the 2004 Rex Sox World Series championship is offered from the perspectives of its players and covers such topics as the key contributions of managers and the factors attributed to their "curse-breaking" win after decades of setbacks. 30,000 first printing.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

"The players and coaches of the 2004 Boston Red Sox are now and forever, legends. After all, it had been 86 years since Boston last won a World Series, a fact anybody even remotely associated with the team as a player, executive, or fan was reminded of on a daily basis. For the players on the 2004 Red Sox roster, winning in '04 was one of the greatest experiences in their lives. For fans, the '04 team will forever be remembered as the one that broke the curse. Hundreds of articles and several books were written in the immediate aftermath of the thrilling '04 season, but 10 years have passed and MIRACLE AT FENWAY has a fresh perspective, including the type of analysis and insight that comes with a decade of reflection. As a Red Sox fan since birth, and from having written about and worked alongside the team for his entire professional life, Saul Wisnia has cultivated relationships with people at every level of the Sox organization. From the players to the fans to the upper echelons of team management, he has their accounts of 2004 as they saw it and as they remember it today, now that the memories have had time to take root and blossom. In the winning tradition of baseball oral histories, Wisnia tells the story of 2004 as experienced by the people who lived it, in an engaging style filled with insight and excitement"--

Review by Publisher Summary 3

A chronicle of the 2004 Rex Sox World Series championship looks at the perspectives of its players and covers such topics as the key contributions of managers and the factors attributed to their "curse-breaking" win after decades of setbacks.

Review by Publisher Summary 4

BEFORE THEY BECOME THE 2013 WORLD CHAMPIONS, THERE WAS THE SEASON THAT BROKE THE CURSE AND STARTED IT ALL…The players and coaching staff of the 2004 Boston Red Sox are now and forever, legends. After all, it had been eighty-six years since Boston last won a World Series, a fact anybody even remotely associated with the team as a player, executive, or fan was reminded of on a daily basis. For members of the 2004 Red Sox roster, winning that October was one of the greatest experiences in their lives. For fans, the '04 team will always be remembered as the one that finally silenced the "1918" chants.Hundreds of articles and numerous books were written in the immediate aftermath of the thrilling '04 season, but ten years have passed and Miracle at Fenway has a fresh perspective, including the type of analysis and insight that comes with a decade of reflection. As a Red Sox fan since birth, and from having written about and worked alongside the team for his entire professional life, Saul Wisnia has cultivated relationships with people at every level of the Sox organization. From the players to the fans to the upper echelons of team management, he has their accounts of 2004 as they saw it and as they remember it today, now that the memories have had time to take root and blossom.In the winning tradition of baseball oral histories, Wisnia tells the story of 2004 as experienced by the people who lived it, in an engaging style filled with insight and excitement.