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Why Not Us?: The 86-year Journey of the Boston Red Sox Fans From Unparalleled Suffering to the Promised Land of the 2004 World Series
Generation after generation watched and hoped and prayed for victory. And generation after generation turned away frustrated and disappointed- 1946 (when the Sox lost the World Series in 7 games), '48 (lost a one game play-off to Cleveland), '49 (heartbreak to the Yankees), '67 (again, lost the Series in 7), '75 (and again, lost the Series in 7), Bucky in '78, Buckner in ' ...more
Hardcover, 192 pages
Published January 3rd 2005 by PublicAffairs
(first published December 13th 2004)
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This book took me about two and a half weeks to read. It was a 50/50 book, the reason i gave this book a 50/50 is because, it has great history and facts about the way fans reacted towards the Boston Red Sox about winning the 2004 World Series. This was the good part of the book,the not so good part was that during all the facts and history i believe that the author gets a little bit off topic and goes into it too much. Overall i would read it a second time if i really had some spare time. I gav ...more
Jun 15, 2015 J Peace-inthestorm rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: Red Sox fans
I remember rooting for the Boston Red Sox in the 2004 World Series. And nothing could possibly capture the excitement of baseball fans, especially Red Sox fans, when Boston did what they hadn't done in almost a century. As much as I enjoy baseball, I find written accounts of baseball a bit dull. Boston isn't my team either, so this book was no exception. While Why Not Us? certainly relates an interesting event in sports history, I think those who would enjoy this book the most are, surprise surp ...more
I need to give this book 5 stars because it's all about the 2004 Sox winning the series, come on now! This book was written to include many thoughts from fans all around the country and how it made them feel when the Sox finally won it all again. There were countless stories of people that had been a fan their whole life, and their dying wish was to see the Sox win the series. There were also stories of those that did not see their beloved Sox wim before they passed on. Great book all around, es ...more
Bits and pieces from an assortment of fans, writers, players, etc. Includes several pages dedicated to the Red Sox fans "Win It For" internet thread. Not really uncharted waters for me, but it was good to revisit some of the emotions of the '04 post season. The best is saved for last as he reprints his column in the Boston Globe's World Series Champions edition. Strong finish. Otherwise, for Sox fans only. Book was a gift from Mum. Thanks, Mum.
An unsual book, this one interviews the long standing fans after the Red Sox 2004 World Series win. The stories were funny, sweet, bittersweet, etc... I only hope if the Houston Astros don't win the World Series in my lifetime that my descendants will remember me when [if:] they do as these fans remembered their parents, grandparents and friends that didn't live long enough to see it.
Leigh Montville is a highly respected sportswriter, columnist and author. He is a graduate of the University of Connecticut.Montville is married to Diane Foster and has two children. He lives in Massachusetts and is an ardent supporter of the Boston Red Sox.More about Leigh Montville...