Robert Sullivan’s Our Red Sox A Story of Friends, Family, and Fenway is a book of passion written by a devoted and dedicated Boston Red Sox fan that has lived closer to New York than Boston over the last couple of decades. It is a book about one of New England’s favorite sports teams and the heartache and joy year after year they have given to generations of families and generations of friends. I say New England because every state in New England is written about in the book. The book does also focus on the games played between the Boston Red Sox and the New York Yankees and, of course, the best players in baseball, ever.
If you are expecting details about games and fights and wins and loses that is not what you will read. Instead you will put yourself in the place of the author as you will remember some of your favorite sports times with family and friends, possibly at even at Fenway Park or Yankee Stadium. I am a Red Sox fan because as a child my dad always has his four daughters watching the Red Sox games on TV with him and my mom. I never did go to a game with my dad being that Boston was such a long trip from Maine, however, as a parent some of my best memories are bringing the boys to the games and always calling my mom in Maine to see if she watched and to talk about how dad would have loved this one.
I read this book about five years ago when it was given to me as a Christmas present by my brother-in-law. At the time, the events of the world and the wins by the Red Sox in post-season and World Series play were too close to truly enjoy the reflections and feelings conveyed in the book. As I finish the book this time, I realize just how good the book is as a read, especially summer. The Red Sox just lost to the Cleveland Indians in another memorable game at Fenway. My son was at the game and it is the topic of conversation this morning. It is interesting how sports and teams, whether winning or losing, keep the conversations going in families forever.
There are no surprise endings to the book unless you have been a sports fanatic living under a rock for the last almost hundred years. However, you will feel something when you finish the book and you will think about the past, present, and future.
Book Review: Our Red Sox A Story of Family, Friends, and Fenway by Robert Sullivan
Our Red Sox A Story of Family, Friends, and Fenway by Robert Sullivan, Emmis Books, 2005.