Feeding the Monster
How Money, Smarts, and Nerve Took a Team to the Top
By Seth Mnookin
Simon & Schuster, Paperback, 9780743286824, 443pp.
Publication Date: June 2007
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"Feeding the Monster" shows what it takes to win a championship, both on and off the field. Seth Mnookin spent mornings in the front office, afternoons in the clubhouse, and evenings in the owners' box. He learned how the Sox persuaded Curt Schilling to sign, why Nomar Garciaparra resented his teammates, and what led to Pedro Martinez's acrimonious exit. He knows the real story behind Theo Epstein's brief departure and witnessed the development of his rift with Larry Lucchino. And in a new epilogue, Mnookin examines the 2006 offseason, including the negotiations for Japanese phenom Daisuke Matsuzaka.
In a juicy narrative that is filled with thrilling detail, "Feeding the Monster" peels back the curtain to show what it means to be a part of a major league sports team today.
"A rare glimpse into baseball's inner sanctum." -- Steve Almond, Los Angeles Times
"A Moneyball-style triumph of smart management over conventional wisdom and a redemptive story of athletic success as an expression of inner strength." -- Lev Grossman, Time
"A revealing . . . account that should engage even readers with little attachment to Red Sox Nation." -- Mark Hyman, BusinessWeek