January 5th, 2007
“The Best Boston Sports Arguments: The 100 Most Controversial, Debatable Questions for Die Hard Boston Fans” by Jim Caple and Steve Buckley
Being a big fan of Jim Caple, (I own, read, and loved The Devil Wears Pinstripes) when I heard that he and Steve Buckley of the Boston Herald got together and wrote a book, I knew I needed to check it out.
We have all seen books of questions before. You know, the ones that have such thought-provoking questions as: “If you were a color, what would you be?” Or, “If you had a choice, what Super Power would you have?” , or my favorite “If you could kill people with your mind, without detection, would you do it?”
Of course, I dug right into the Red Sox questions first. Ranging from the easy: “Should Boston Replace Fenway Park?” (“No!”) and “Should Tony Conigliaro’s No. 25 Be Retired?” (“Absolutely”). To the ones you KNOW are going to aggravate and cause tons and tons of heated discussions throughout Red Sox Nation: “What is the All-Time Red Sox All Star Team?” “Which GM is most responsible for the Red Sox 2004 World Championship?” and “Could the Bullpen by Committee Strategy Have Worked?” To ones I would have never even thought of: “Who’s had a better career, Ben Affleck or Lou Merloni?” “Do the Red Sox Left Fielders Represent Baseball’s Greatest Position Dynasty?” and “Who Was Fenway’s Greatest All-time Anthem Singer?”.
While I did not agree with every argument–”Reggie Jackson: Biggest Red Sox Villain?” C’mon… An annoying twit, yes, but there are so many others to choose from, like Jeter, or Bucky ^&*@(^ Dent! Or Best Sports Commercial Ever Made”: How can it NOT be Tom Glavine (Billerica native!) and Greg Maddux in the Nike commercial?? For every question, the authors presented good solid arguments to back whatever position they choose to take. (Even if I didn’t agree with them…)
Even though the majority (51) of the the questions are Red Sox related, the remaining are spread out among the other beloved Boston sports: Celtics Basketball (8), Patriots Football (8), Bruins Hockey (9), and a “General Boston Sports” arguments category (24) which includes everything from “What Are the Best/Worst Boston Sports Movies” to “Does Nancy Kerrigan Owe Tonya Harding a Thank You?”
But even if your focus is baseball like mine, the questions and arguments posed in the non-baseball categories are definitely worth the read.
Well-written and researched, and more than a little humorous (It wouldn’t be Caple without a Yankee dig or 5…) The Best Boston Sports Arguments is an excellent read for fans of any (or all) Boston sports.
Now, for a question of my own: How many more days until Opening Day??