Just received Francona: The Red Sox Years. Hope it’s better than the last couple managerial memoirs (Tony LaRussa, Joe Torre).
One person who’s evidently looking forward to reading it is current Red Sox outfielder Ryan Kalish. As per the Boston Herald,
“I absolutely plan on reading it,” Kalish told the Track. “I’m 2 1⁄2 books into the ‘Hunger Games’ and I’m interested in how it all ends, but this guy impacted my life so much — he was awesome — that I’m going to pick it up. We have some pretty long bus rides during spring training.”
The Hunger Games? That reminds me about the anecdote about Yankee roommates Bobby Brown, who was studying for a medical degree, and Yogi Berra, who…wasn’t. They were in their room, Brown studying a medical textbook, Berra a comic book. When the catcher finished, he turned to Brown and asked, “How did yours turn out?”
Francona was featured in this NPR Weekend Edition story. He is scheduled to hold a book signing tomorrow (Wednesday, Jan. 23), at the Barnes & Noble on East 54th Street in Manhattan.
As a new author about to release his first book, I wonder about the timing of Francona’s release. On the one hand , it’s smart, coming out before spring training starts and there’s no real competition. On the other hand, what will sales be like later on?