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  • 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

    Posted by Christine E. at 11:25 am in Book Reviews,Old Friends,Red Sox Comments (7)

    View product details at AmazonBeing 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??

    7 Responses to ““The Best Boston Sports Arguments: The 100 Most Controversial, Debatable Questions for Die Hard Boston Fans” by Jim Caple and Steve Buckley”

    1. Kaylee says:

      Too many days til opening day I may have to get one of those books.

    2. Kaylee says:

      I managed to write a post without Rudy in it:)

    3. lauren says:

      Thanks. Yeah, I kinda like my title too. =)

      Sure, we can trade links!

    4. lauren says:

      Alrighty, yours is too!

    5. bmoseley07 says:

      Great review. I definitely want to get my hands on that. The Afflek-Merloni question was a good one and would love to read the argument for that. For some reason, I’m leaning towards Merloni, but that’s just me.

    6. michleg says:

      In Caple’s Prior work, the Baltimore Orioles were moved to NYC. The NY AL Club, the Highlanders(An Occasional Term of Derision), supposedly signed LHP-Reliever John Franco, as their 1st order of business:

      By The time he was finished with the Mets, Franco was washed up. I believe that it was a euphamism for “Yankees S—“;

      My blog music has changed to a “Latin” beat, so “Chill To The Chant” if you will.

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