Synopses & Reviews
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.
"[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
"[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
"A lot of people who read Feeding the Monster may come away from the experience wishing they'd remained simple, ignorant fans..." Boston Globe
"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
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
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
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
A Note on Sources and Methodology