Alex Speier's Book, Homegrown

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Speier has been the best reporter (most curious/inquisitive, least cliched) covering the Red Sox for many years. Really looking forward to reading this.
 

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What timing! I'm headed to Vegas this weekend and needed a book for the flights.
 

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Yeah Speier is really good. About his book, the irony of the players giving him a hard time is incredible.
 

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Alex was at the Sea Dogs game tonight promoting the book. He threw out the first pitch, then signed copies under the grandstand during the first inning (maybe longer). I bought a copy - only $20 - and had him sign it for me and my son. Pretty great experience. Alex is a great guy - we chatted briefly about whether Dan McGrath can actually pitch in the majors without breaking 90. He seemed really intent on personalizing every experience for every "fan."

Maybe 20 people in line that I saw? I think they were happy with the response. Looking forward to reading the book.
 

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I bought it on Google Books and managed to get it converted for my Kindle, but have yet to read it. Looking forward to when I have a chance to do so.
 

John Marzano Olympic Hero

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Finished this last week and it's excellent. It reminds me of Tony Massarotti's book "Dynasty", which was a really good look at how the 04 and 07 teams were built (seriously, it's good, despite the author), but I liked Speier's take a bit better. He does a terrific job of understanding what makes the Sox front office tick. He also made me look at Ben Cherington in a new light.

All-in-all, a nice read.
 

John Marzano Olympic Hero

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Basically that Cherington had a three-phased plan where the team would get better and better as the seasons go by, until they were pumping out prospects and stars every year. The problem was the two back-to-back last places and how bad Ben whiffed on the trade deadline in 2014 (aside from ERod). Cherington and Henry were working pretty close together for most of the 2015 season and once DD was available, Henry pulled back and within a week he was named President. Henry told Cherington that he could still keep his job, but Ben left (understanably), thinking that he had the rug pulled out from under him. It sounded to me that Henry didn't have the confidence that Cherington could move the Sox to the next level -- basically he was concerned that Cherington fell in love with his prospects and would never trade them (which is what I thought too).

This book is really good, I highly recommend it.
 

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Did he give details about Mookie being hazed as a rookie and it still burning him today? I think Gasper mentioned that on TSH a few weeks ago
 

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I can’t wait to read this.

I am curious to see what Speier has to say about our pitching development (short chapter? Ha). The young positional core was developed so well, but pitching is one area that has not worked out.
 
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I think that link has some extraneous copy added to it that prevents it from working. Here's another one.


The article did not give me any sense that the issue is "still burning him today." It did give me a sense that John Lackey, Jon Lester, John Farrell and probably others named John (or Jon) were/are assholes.
 

John Marzano Olympic Hero

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Did he give details about Mookie being hazed as a rookie and it still burning him today? I think Gasper mentioned that on TSH a few weeks ago
To further Red's point, yes, he gets into Mookie not being welcomed by the veterans, going so far as saying Betts wasn't too sad when he got sent back down to AAA. But it sounded as if he sorta got why it happened (even if he didn't agree with it), but today works hard to make sure that the clubhouse isn't like that anymore.

But that Red Sox team sounded like it was one of those "we respect the game and the unwritten rules of baseball" bullshit teams that makes this sport about as appealing as doing your taxes.
 

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Gasper made it seem like the hazing thing could play into his decision to re-sign her or not
 

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More than 15 years ago, G38 posted his feelings here about rookies in an MLB clubhouse. I don’t recall his exact language, but he preferred the ones that showed up “knowing their place,” tail between their legs, ready to hide under furniture if the veterans barked at them. And I remember thinking at the time, Why?!

But I guess I’ve learned a few things about G38 and (thanks to this Globe book excerpt) MLB clubhouses since then.
 

John Marzano Olympic Hero

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Gasper made it seem like the hazing thing could play into his decision to re-sign her or not
Really? If that's the truth, that is really dumb. None of those players are here any more, the manager isn't here any more, the GM isn't here any more; unless John Henry has a flux capacitor, what can he do?
 

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I think that link has some extraneous copy added to it that prevents it from working. Here's another one.


The article did not give me any sense that the issue is "still burning him today." It did give me a sense that John Lackey, Jon Lester, John Farrell and probably others named John (or Jon) were/are assholes.
So it sounds like the speculation here that Farrell was maybe not the best manager for a team transitioning to a youth movement was accurate? Granted, a lot of those guys had good years in 2016 and 17.
 

John Marzano Olympic Hero

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So it sounds like the speculation here that Farrell was maybe not the best manager for a team transitioning to a youth movement was accurate? Granted, a lot of those guys had good years in 2016 and 17.
Farrell is quote a lot in this book and there are some good ones too. Apparently, he and DD got into a pretty big shouting match after Barnes threw a pitch behind Machado's head (after MM took out Pedroia a few days earlier). Speier weirdly doesn't get into what the shouting match was about, only that the two differed on how it was handled. It would have been interesting to me see whether Farrell was pro plunking Machado or not. But Farrell was convinced that he was getting fired after that spat, which made him clench up during particularly important games.
 

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Got it on my Kindle & just started it. So far, I'd say it's very good. If Remy wants to write another book, he should work with Speier.
He's friends with a friend of mine, and I met him a few times back before TV influenced him to shave his whiskers. Super nice guy, but more importantly someone that genuinely cares about process and story and feels like zero need to inject his own personal narrative. Which is incredibly rare.