Melrose, Mass. — Author and journalist Dan Shaughnessy paid a visit to the Melrose Public Library Tuesday night to talk about his latest book, “Francona: The Red Sox Years.”I'll just go with the interesting bits (my emphasis in italics):
The event was part of the Author’s Corner, an ongoing program that brings adult and children’s authors to the Melrose library for book readings. (Click here to view the full photo gallery.)
Shaughnessy, a Boston Globe sports columnist, shared stories from the nonfiction piece he co-wrote with former Boston Red Sox manager Terry “Tito” Francona.
Shaughnessy, who approached the podium at 7:30 p.m., full of energy and wit, spent the first part of the evening sitting in the audience, talking with guests.
Shaughnessy said he emailed Francona the day he was fired from the Red Sox about the possibility of a book deal.
“There’s one we like about Manny Ramirez,” said Shaughnessy. “We all know Manny was just an interesting guy. There’s one where they’re in the World Series in game four against the Cardinals. Manny’s at the plate and an argument ensues…Terry pulls Manny aside and says ‘what’s going on’ and Manny said, ‘he says I’m stealing his signs.’ Terry said, ‘Manny doesn’t even know our signs!’”
Around 8 p.m., Shaughnessy took a half hour to answer questions from the audience.
One guest wondered if Francona would ever return to manage the Red Sox.
“No, they’re mad at him,” Shaughnessy said, adding that Red Sox owner John Henry would not answer one of Francona’s emails when they were writing the book.
Shaughnessy, who used to be close with Henry, couldn’t offer an explanation for the team owner’s behavior, stating Henry doesn’t respond to his emails anymore either.
Another fan asked if Shaughnessy regrets anything he wrote about Francona prior to his current relationship with the man.
“I was never harsh towards him,” Shaughnessy said. “He would get mad but there was nothing we couldn’t get past. I really liked him and I love him now.”