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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 ' 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 '86, Boone in 2003. Yet every spring the fans flocked back, hopeful again. The losing, the angst, the self-flagellation became so routine that it even developed marketing names. The suffering was called "The Curse of the Bambino". The sufferers were called "Red Sox Nation" - the ultimate underdogs. Would it ever end? And then it did. Why Not Us? is about what the Red Sox's amazing victory in the 2004 World Series meant to the fans. It's about how it felt to be a Red Sox fan - not only at 20 minutes to midnight on October 27, 2004, but decades before. Leigh Montville, best-selling author of Ted Williams and At the Altar of Speed , has interviewed dozens of fans: friends, friends of friends, old sportswriters, ball-players, public figures, and plain folk. Here are their stories-bittersweet stories of passion and pain, eternal hope and crushing despair, the seemingly endless agony and the strange ecstasy of being a Red Sox fan.


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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 ' 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 '86, Boone in 2003. Yet every spring the fans flocked back, hopeful again. The losing, the angst, the self-flagellation became so routine that it even developed marketing names. The suffering was called "The Curse of the Bambino". The sufferers were called "Red Sox Nation" - the ultimate underdogs. Would it ever end? And then it did. Why Not Us? is about what the Red Sox's amazing victory in the 2004 World Series meant to the fans. It's about how it felt to be a Red Sox fan - not only at 20 minutes to midnight on October 27, 2004, but decades before. Leigh Montville, best-selling author of Ted Williams and At the Altar of Speed , has interviewed dozens of fans: friends, friends of friends, old sportswriters, ball-players, public figures, and plain folk. Here are their stories-bittersweet stories of passion and pain, eternal hope and crushing despair, the seemingly endless agony and the strange ecstasy of being a Red Sox fan.

30 review for 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

  1. 4 out of 5

    Paul

    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 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 gave this book a 3/5 stars, i would recommend this book to anyone who likes the Red Sox, interested in the history of the Red Sox or MLB (major league baseball) etc thank you

  2. 5 out of 5

    Jeff

    Leigh Montvilled compiled this book after the Red Sox completed their amazing comeback and win in the 2004 ALCS and subsequent World Series championship. The only negative thing that I have to say about this book is that, at one point, he compared the victory to "stepping out the front door in Stalingrad the morning after the Germans had departed the city limits." I'm sorry, but there is no trivial sports victory that could compare to the world defeating the Germans. In the face of something like Leigh Montvilled compiled this book after the Red Sox completed their amazing comeback and win in the 2004 ALCS and subsequent World Series championship. The only negative thing that I have to say about this book is that, at one point, he compared the victory to "stepping out the front door in Stalingrad the morning after the Germans had departed the city limits." I'm sorry, but there is no trivial sports victory that could compare to the world defeating the Germans. In the face of something like Nazi Germany, all sports victories are meaningless. That comparison happened early in the book, though, and moving on, this wonderful little book is filled with stories. I wasn't expecting what I got out of this book at all. I wasn't sure what to expect. But it is filled with page after page of testimonies of people who were affected by the Red Sox, their 86-year long struggle, and the ultimate victory in the 2004 World Series. Time after time I was moved to tears by words of dozens of different people. The hardest to read were the people who were remembering lost loved ones who never got to see the Red Sox win. There were a handful who had family members who were actually alive when the last championship was won in 1918. The Red Sox won eight consecutive games to finish the 2004 playoffs. They did something that had never been done in baseball history, and had only been done twice in all of sports. They came back from a 3-0 deficit to win the ALCS. I remember it well. I remember the morning after the third loss to the Yankees (a 19-8 debacle), thinking, "They aren't even going to win a game." I was already thinking about next year. But then the unbelievable happened. And it all started with a pinch runner and a stolen base. The rest is history. In fact, the World Series was almost anti-climactic as the Sox swept the Cardinals, who were never really even in the game. Why Not Us? remembers it well for us, with countless stories told by Red Sox fans of all ages. It's the kind of book you could pick up and read a page or two at any time. It's a great book for baseball and a great book for baseball fans.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Zack

    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 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, especially for the Sox fan!!

  4. 5 out of 5

    J atPeace-inthestorm

    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 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 surprise, Red Sox fans. BE AWARE: - language—Rough language is used from time to time.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Andrew

    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.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Kay

    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.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Angelica Euara

    Becoming a sports fan isn't as easy as others think.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Sandy

    this will make you cry- so many stories of people that waited their whole lives for a world series title

  9. 5 out of 5

    Dawn Stockbridge

    Loved reading everyone's personal stories.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Rob Sullivan

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    Todd Lewis

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    Jason

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    Michael Clark

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    Joe Green

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  17. 4 out of 5

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    Dennis

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    Jeff

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    Lesley

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    Justin

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    Michael Burkhart

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    Ron Kaplan

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    Nick Lehr

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    Paul

  30. 4 out of 5

    Mark Conklin

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