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Dynasty

The Inside Story of How the Red Sox Became a Baseball Powerhouse

Tony Massarotti; Foreword by Jason Varitek

St. Martin's Press

A unique look at the inner workings of a major league baseball team and how the Red Sox went from perennial losers to baseball's next dynasty.

When the Boston Red Sox defeated the Colorado Rockies in the 2007 World Series, they did more than win their second world championship in four seasons---they changed forever the identity of a franchise once defined by its spectacular failures. If winning the 2004 World Series permanently buried Boston’s tragic past, the team’s 2007 championship reinforced its promising future while changing the culture, mentality, and mind-set of the Red Sox and their followers.

But the team's meteoric rise was not without controversy, and behind-the-scene clashes and infighting within the organization are revealed here in detail for the first time: The wildly popular pitcher Pedro Martinez and outfield sensation Johnny Damon were allowed to depart as free agents, and the Red Sox had to endure the temporary resignation of General Manager Theo Epstein.

Author Tony Massarotti has been covering the Red Sox since the 1991 season and in Dynasty, Massarotti provides an in-depth and probing look at how the Red Sox became the most successful franchise in baseball.


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Chapter one

How did we get here?

Given the history of heartache, maybe it was only fitting that champagne settled on the brim of Theo Epstein's cap in the form of a single, solitary teardrop.

But in the immediate aftermath of Game 4 of the 2007 World Series, there was little regret in the visiting club house at Coors Field, home of the National League champion—and terribly overmatched—Colorado Rockies. For the second time in four baseball seasons, the Boston Red Sox were champions. Epstein stood near the center of a room filled with Red Sox
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Praise for Dynasty

“Tony Massarotti uses his keen critical skills and years of personal relationships to give you a balanced look at how the Red Sox discarded their image as the last team to emerge as a perennial contender, eventual World Champion, and international brand. If you identify with the underdog,  I bet you'll enjoy this book!”---Dan Duquette, former general manager of the Boston Red Sox

 “Tony Massarotti provides an insider’s look at Boston’s rise from cursed to first, providing a must-have book for the true Red Sox fan’s library.”---Tom Verducci, Sports Illustrated

“Red Sox Nation comes alive in this thoughtful and penetrating look at one of the most famous teams in the country by an expert journalist who was there every step of the way.”---Allan H. (Bud) Selig, Commissioner of Baseball

 “The Red Sox have built the foundation and the first couple of floors of a dynasty, and Tony Massarotti has been there for the entire construction. There is nobody better to tell the story, and he is a master storyteller."---Buster Olney, ESPN

 

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

  • Tony Massarotti; Foreword by Jason Varitek

  • Tony Massarotti, a general sports columnist at the Boston Herald, has been covering the Red Sox and Major League Baseball since 1991. His two previous books include the explosive New York Times bestseller, Big Papi: My Story of Big Dreams and Big Hits, and the Boston Globe bestseller A Tale of Two Cities: The 2004 Red Sox--Yankees Rivalry and the War for the Pennant. He lives in the Boston area with his wife, Natalie, and their sons, Alexander and Xavier.

  • Tony Massarotti Photo: Matt Stone-Boston Herald
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Dynasty

The Inside Story of How the Red Sox Became a Baseball Powerhouse

Tony Massarotti; Foreword by Jason Varitek

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