Francona: The Red Sox Years (Compact Disc)
From famed manager Terry Francona, a lively, unvarnished narrative of his tenure with
the storied Boston Red Sox
From 2004 to 2011, Terry Francona managed the Boston Red Sox, the most talked about, scrutinized team in all of sports. In Francona the legendary manager opens up for the first time about his eight years there, as they went from cursed franchise to one of the most successful and profitable in baseball history. He takes readers inside the rarefied world of a 21st-century clubhouse, from 2004 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 personalities like Pedro Martinez and Manny Ramirez, working with Theo Epstein and his statistics-driven executives, balancing their data with the emotions of a 25-man roster, and meeting the expectations of three owners with often wildly differing opinions. Along the way listeners are treated with back-slapping, never-before-told stories about their favorite players, moments, losses, and wins.
Those eight years were a wild, unforgettable ride, and now the fascinating full story can be told in an audiobook that examines like no other the art of managing in today's game.
About the Author
Terry "Tito" Francona was a first baseman and outfielder in the majors from 1981 to 1990. After retiring as a player, he managed several minor league teams in the 1990s before managing the Philadelphia Phillies for four seasons. In 2004, Francona was hired to manage the Boston Red Sox, and that year he led the team to its first World Series championship since 1918. He won another World Series with Boston in 2007 and continued to manage the team until the end of the 2011 season. He is now a commentator for ESPN, joining in on their Sunday Night Baseball telecast and contributing to ESPN.com.
Jeff Gurner is a voice, stage and screen actor. He has recorded hundreds of radio and television commercials, video games, and is an award winning audiobook narrator. He is best known for his narration of Patrick Lee and to Karen Miller s "The Star Wars Clone Wars" series and works by Mark Sullivan and Terry Francona. "AudioFile "magazine praised Jeff''s "deep, compelling voice and well-acted presentation" and awarded him a 2006 "AudioFile" Earphones Award for Jennifer Egan s "The Keep".
Gurner s theater credits include "The Lion King" on Broadway, "Guys and Dolls", "Harold and Maude: The Musical", and "A Christmas Story". Television credits include "The Good Wife", "Mercy", and "Law & Order".
Dan Shaughnessy is an award-winning columnist for the Boston Globe and the author of several sports books, including The Curse of the Bambino, a best-selling classic. Seven times Shaughnessy has been voted one of America s top ten sports columnists by Associated Press Sports Editors and named Massachusetts Sportswriter of the Year. He has appeared on Good Morning America, The Today Show, The Early Show, CNN, Nightline, NPR, Imus in the Morning, ESPN, HBO, and many others. He lives in Newton, Massachusetts.
“Narrator Jeff Gurner offers a steady hand throughout a collaboration that has no dull moments…Red Sox fans will enjoy the stories behind some of their team’s greatest years. Cleveland Indians fans will love the wonderful insights into their first-year manager. And Gurner’s narration will help draw in any person interested in what a manager endures – on and off the field”. – AudioFile Magazine
“Even baseball fans who loathe the Boston Red Sox will find it tough to root against former manager Francona… [Gurner’s] reading keeps the narrative moving forward, and Francona’s story is compelling. All in all, a solid effort that should generate strong demand from baseball fans.” – Booklist