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Feeding the Monster: How Money, Smarts, and Nerve Took a Team to the Top

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When the Boston Red Sox won the World Series on October 27, 2004, they made history. Their stunning comeback against the New York Yankees and their four-game annihilation of the St. Louis Cardinals capped one of the most thrilling postseason runs ever. The World Series victory — Boston's first in 86 years — came less than three years after John Henry and Tom Werner bought the team from the Yawkey Trust and forever changed the way the Red Sox operated on and off the field.

Seth Mnookin was given access never before granted to a reporter in the history of organized sports. He had a key to Fenway Park and a desk in the team's front office. He spent weekends talking business with John Henry and afternoons in the clubhouse with Manny Ramirez and David Ortiz. He learned never-before-told details of the team's Thanksgiving Day wooing of Curt Schilling, the jealousy Nomar Garciaparra felt toward better-paid teammates, and the anxiety that impelled Pedro Martinez to insist that the Red Sox guarantee his future. He was there when general manager Theo Epstein's frustration over the organization's ceaseless drive for more media coverage and new revenue streams collided with his fracturing relationship with CEO Larry Lucchino. The resulting narrative — juicy, gripping, and overflowing with thrilling detail — reveals how a savvy sports organization tries to stay on top while under the relentless scrutiny of the country's most voracious sportswriters and baseball's most demanding fans.

Drawn from hundreds of hours of exclusive interviews and a year with the team, Feeding the Monster shows as no book ever has before what it means to buy, sell, run, and be part of a major league sports team in America.

Review:

"Not so many years ago Boston was, or liked to think of itself as, the Athens of America. The people it most venerated, or claimed to venerate, were the likes of Ralph Waldo Emerson, William Dean Howells and Isabella Stewart Gardner: men and women of cultural distinction and accomplishment. Across the Charles River from the center city stood two of America's greatest universities, Harvard and the Massachusetts... Washington Post Book Review (read the entire Washington Post review)

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"[A] detailed, knowledgeable account of how a successful sports franchise operates, how it deals with failure and success, how hard it is to turn a profit in a business that seems...to be swimming in money." Washington Post

Review:

"[I]f you're at all interested in the inner workings of the team as it planned and schemed to a world championship, you'll find this recitation more interesting than The Da Vinci Code." St. Petersburg Times

Review:

"A lot of people who read Feeding the Monster may come away from the experience wishing they'd remained simple, ignorant fans..." Boston Globe

Review:

"The book is basically highbrow Red Sox porn....Sox fans will adore "Monster" because it documents so lavishly the team's recent soap operas..." Los Angeles Times

Synopsis:

The acclaimed author of "Hard News" presents the in-depth, inside story of the new Boston Red Sox, told with the full cooperation of the owners, management, and players who brought a World Series championship to Boston after 86 years. of photos.

About the Author

Seth Mnookin is a contributing editor at Vanity Fair and a former senior writer for Newsweek, where he covered media, politics, and popular culture. His writing has appeared in the Washington Post, New York magazine, and many other publications. He is the author of Hard News, a Washington Post Best Book of the Year and a New York Times Book Review Editors' Choice.

Seth Mnookin grew up in the suburbs of Boston and graduated from Harvard College. Although he now lives in New York City, he continues to root for the Red Sox.

Table of Contents

Contents

Introduction

PART I: A CENTURY OF BOSTON BASEBALL

1 From the Beaneaters to the Babe

2 Tom Yawkey's Team, Ted Williams's Town

3 The Impossible Dream and the Sixth Game

4 The Gerbil, the Spaceman, the Rocket, and the Curse

5 The Yawkey Trust

PART II: FOR SALE

6 Selling Boston's Salvation

7 The Producer

8 The Baseball Visionary

9 From Soybeans to Stadiums

10 Putting Together the Team

11 A Surreal Process

12 December 20, 2001

13 Boston's Second Favorite Sport: Revenge

PART III: A FRESH START: 2002

14 "Sweep Out the Duke"

15 "Getting Ready to Have a Good Ride"

16 The Love Affair Begins

17 Enter Bill James

18 Red Sox General Manager Billy Beane

19 Introducing the Boy Wonder

PART IV: THE BEST HITTING TEAM EVER ASSEMBLED: 2003

20 Shopping at Wal-Mart for David Ortiz

21 Kim and the Committee

22 "You Want Me to Hit Like a Little Bitch?"

23 The Manny Sagas, Part 1

24 Gumped: A Cautionary Tale

25 Not Again

26 Nomar Wants to Know Where He Fits in

27 The Epic Offseason Begins

28 "This Is About Winning the World Series"

29 The A-Rod Chronicles

PART V: THE WORLD CHAMPION BOSTON RED SOX: 2004

30 Welcome to the Jungle

31 Treading Water

32 Trading an Icon

33 "We're Gonna Kick Fucking Ass Starting Today"

34 "Can You Believe It?"

PART VI: FEEDING THE MONSTER: 2005

35 The Morning After

36 Goodbye to No. 45

37 Theo Epstein Looks to the Future

38 The Defending Champs

39 The Manny Sagas, Part 2

40 The Rift Widens

41 The End of an Era

42 Apocalypse Now, Redux

43 Putting It All Back Together Again

44 Reversing the Curse

Epilogue

A Note on Sources and Methodology

Acknowledgments

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780743286817
Subtitle:
How Money, Smarts, and Nerve Took a Team to the Top
Author:
Mnookin, Sean
Author:
Mnookin, Seth
Publisher:
Simon & Schuster
Subject:
History
Subject:
Baseball - History
Subject:
Baseball - General
Subject:
Baseball - Specific Teams
Subject:
Baseball fans
Copyright:
Publication Date:
July 2006
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
448
Dimensions:
9.50x6.94x1.37 in. 1.40 lbs.

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Product details 448 pages Simon & Schuster - English 9780743286817 Reviews:
"Review" by , "[A] detailed, knowledgeable account of how a successful sports franchise operates, how it deals with failure and success, how hard it is to turn a profit in a business that seems...to be swimming in money."
"Review" by , "[I]f you're at all interested in the inner workings of the team as it planned and schemed to a world championship, you'll find this recitation more interesting than The Da Vinci Code."
"Review" by , "A lot of people who read Feeding the Monster may come away from the experience wishing they'd remained simple, ignorant fans..."
"Review" by , "The book is basically highbrow Red Sox porn....Sox fans will adore "Monster" because it documents so lavishly the team's recent soap operas..."
"Synopsis" by , The acclaimed author of "Hard News" presents the in-depth, inside story of the new Boston Red Sox, told with the full cooperation of the owners, management, and players who brought a World Series championship to Boston after 86 years. of photos.
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