...to the Promised Land.
Do NOT buy this book. It is terrible. I usually find something good to see in every book or movie I experience, but this book was a painful experience I didn't even finish! Written by John Frascella (I apologize if any of you are related to him and I offend you here), it is TERRIBLE. The back cover calls it 'an insightful and unprecedented look into one of the game's most fascinating figures.' The only insight is a terrible habit of speculatively gossiping and drawing unsupported conclusions like a WEEI caller. I am really surprised that Theo cooperated and approved of a book like this about himself. There's enough personal family information and quotes to make me think it's not 'unauthorized' but then it's perhaps not considered a bio. There were even some factual errors and really questionable conclusions. It does add a lot of quotes from other folks that show how highly thought of Theo was by the people he worked with so it is overall flattering, but by any standard of accuracy or journalism, it's awful.
He called the Gagne trade in 2007 a 'media-induced transaction'. Media-induced??? He thinks Theo was giving in to the media to get Gagne, a move that was roundly hailed as a great acquisition at the time by nearly ALL baseball people?
The list of questionable, unsupported conclusions is endless. Don't touch this book. Find another source if you are curious about Theo.
"When I walk down the street and meet people," Ted Williams once said, "I just want them to think 'There goes the greatest hitter who ever lived."
"David Ortiz is the greatest clutch hitter to ever wear the uniform of the Boston Red Sox," Henry said.
And then when I walked down the street people would've looked and they would've said there goes Roy Hobbs, the best there ever was in this game.