Season for the Books
We live in a literary world here in Red Sox Nation, so of course we are going to have books written about a championship team.
Johnny Pesky has one out now that every big fan would probably want for Christmas. MLB.com contributor Maureen Mullen wrote it with him. It looks like a great read. It’s called Diary of a Red Sox Season .
NIck Cafardo from the Boston Globe also has a book out, one of those coffee-table style books with great pictures and descriptive stories taking Sox fans through the Years. It’s called Red Sox Yesterday and Today.
And today, a big announcement on WEEI-850 AM. Rob Bradford of Boston Herald Fame is ghostwriting the autobiography of World Series MVP Mike Lowell. Mike and Rob are a heck of a team. They are both honest, straightforward people who know how to tell a story with the words to fit the occasion. Mike’s story is one that will motivate just about anybody. Expect this book to hit the stores sometime before Father’s Day and you know this one is going to fly off the shelves.
OK, since we are on the topic of books, I might as well give my own book a shameless plug. I’ve written a book not with Daisuke Matsuzaka, but about him, chronicling his first Major League season. There are chapters about Dice-K’s heroics in high school, and in Japanese Pro Ball, as well as the eventful quest by the Red Sox in closing the deal. But the meat of the book is the 2007 season, chronicling Dice-K’s ups and downs. The book is already out in Japan, but not available in the United States and in the English language until probably March. Here is the pre-order link.
There are also Red Sox movies to be seen over the holidays. Everyone should have the two-DVD set Rooters. This is the story about Red Sox fans, tracing back to the late 19th century and weaving all the way through the years. It is wonderfully done and narrated by Mike Adams.
And, I’d also give high recommendations to the The 2007 World Series Film, and NESN’s comprehensive look at the ’07 season called Champions Again. And if you order it here, it comes with a free copy of Faith Rewarded, the chronicle of epic 2004.
I hope that helps everyone’s Christmas shopping just a little. Happy Holidays.