One Day at Fenway: A Day in the Life of Baseball in America

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Now in paperback—a cross between A Day in the Life and Moneyball—comes the inside, intertwining stories of famous, and not-so-famous people as their lives are affected by one day of baseball: August 30, 2003, Red Sox-Yankees at Fenway, during their most famous season ever.

Fenway Park, Saturday, 8/30/03: Yankees versus Red Sox. Not just a special day in a historic rivalry but a unique one in the long tradition of baseball writing. For on this day award-winning sportswriter Steve Kettmann worked with a team of top reporters to chronicle everything that happened, from the point of view of everyone involved. With One Day at Fenway, Kettmann goes beyond the ballpark to bring you interviews and anecdotes involving all the major players—from Red Sox owner John Henry and CEO Larry Lucchino, privately second-guessing Grady Little's managing moves during the game; to Yankee skipper Joe Torre, worrying on the bench about Mariano Rivera, who can't find home plate; to Sox slugger Manny Ramirez, who missed the game with a throat infection. And there's more: the famous and infamous players in the field and in the boardrooms, rabid fans on both sides, the not-so-innocent bystanders—all here in this brilliant re-creation of a day in the life of America's favorite pastime.

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Fenway Park, Saturday, 8/30/03: Yankees versus Red Sox. Not just a special day in a historic rivalry but a unique one in the long tradition of baseball writing. For on this day award-winning sportswriter Steve Kettmann worked with a team of top reporters to chronicle everything that happened, from the point of view of everyone involved. With One Day at Fenway, Kettmann goes beyond the ballpark to bring you interviews and anecdotes involving all the major players -- from Red Sox owner John Henry and CEO Larry Lucchino, privately second-guessing Grady Little's managing moves during the game; to Yankee skipper Joe Torre, worrying on the bench about Mariano Rivera, who can't find home plate; to Sox slugger Manny Ramirez, who missed the game with a throat infection. And there's more: the famous and infamous players in the field and in the boardrooms, rabid fans on both sides, the not-so-innocent bystanders -- all here in this brilliant re-creation of a day in the life of America's favorite pastime.

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"Steve Kettmann's kaleidoscopic rendering of a single Yankees-Red Sox game makes a fascinating narrative even for those who know little about the sport. With its cast of dozens of acutely interested characters, One Day at Fenway is the Black Hawk Down of baseball." -- Madison Smartt Bell

"For less than what you normally would pay to park, you get to sit in the good seats, the bad seats, the dugout itself....You squint and watch the action for a couple of innings through a hole in the scoreboard. All this and it's the Yankees and it's a hell of a game and...just start reading. You won't be disappointed. This is the ultimate Fenway experience." -- Leigh Montville, author of Ted Williams: The Biography of an American Hero

"I was blown away. Baseball books usually bore me, but Steve grabbed my attention with every page. When the Yankees and the Red Sox play, even as an opposing general manager I become a fan. Steve not only captured the intensity on the field but also the layers of interest that surround the greatest rivalry in sports." -- Billy Beane, General Manager, Oakland Athletics

"A fascinating dissection of a Red Sox-Yankees game. Steve Kettmann needs only nine innings to explain 100 years of a baseball rivalry." -- Dan Shaughnessy, author of The Curse of the Bambino

"No rivalry in sports is as intense as the Red Sox and Yankees, and no year in that rivalry was as intense as 2003. In One Day at Fenway, Steve Kettman has picked out the season's quintessential game and reconstructed it so vividly that you feel like you're right in the dugout with the players, hanging on every pitch. Whether you're a fan of good baseball or just good storytelling, this is a book you'll want to read." -- Jonathan Cohn, Senior Editor, The New Republic

"It's good to know that the Yankees' tiny general manager played some serious hardball in his day. It's priceless to learn that the Red Sox' GM plays a mean guitar after midnight. And it's refreshing to discover that a single ballgame can be so gloriously revived. Perhaps it could only be at Fenway Park, with the terrified exhilaration of its patrons. But in bringing a year-old game to life, Steve Kettmann creates the kind of energy and suspense reserved for the here and now." -- Bruce Jenkins, San Francisco Chronicle

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