My kids have no idea that the Red Sox are not supposed to win the World Series every few years. My son was born a year or so after they won in 2004 and my daughter had the consideration to be born in between games of the 2007 World Series against the Rockies. And that’s not even getting into the other sports teams from my home land and their successes.
But now that the baseball season is over, and, for Red Sox fans, it’s ended in such a satisfying, shocking way, the Red Sox fan in your life may be feeling at loose ends with him or herself.
Well, no more, I have your solution! Further Fenway Fiction is possibly my favorite of the three Fenway Fiction books and came out during that summer of 2007*.
I had really thought, when John Lackey was shut down in 2012, that I’d have another parallel to draw to the main character in my own “The Curious Case of Doctor Belly and Mister Itcher,” which was a story about a successful pitcher who gets hit in the head with a line drive and is never quite the same again. The original inspiration was a Matt Clement-like pitcher who showed such promise and just never seemed to pan out for the Red Sox.
But Lackey really pulled it together and man, what a finish!
So if your favorite Red Sox fan is suffering from withdrawal I would have a heart, if I were you, and go pick up a copy of Further Fenway Fiction (they’re going for less than $5 on Amazon right now!).
Tell me about your purchase, of any book, really, and I’ll send you a signed bookplate to paste in there.
* Interesting historical note: Fenway Fiction was compiled during the 2004 season, Further Fenway Fiction was published during the summer of ’07, and Final Fenway Fiction came out in January of 2012. The latter obviously took a bit more time to work its magic, but someone may want to call Larry Lucchino or John Henry and just put all the Fenway Fiction writers on the job, because it’s apparent that our collections are driving the Red Sox to World Series wins.