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A fan's notes for the ages, Faithful grew from an email exchange last summer. Filled with the heady mix of exhilaration and frustration familiar to all Boston Red Sox fans, Stewart O'Nan fired off a note to fellow Sox fan, Stephen King, who responded with his thoughts on Pedro, Nomar, Manny, Mueller, and Theo. From the supposed Curse of the Bambino to f###in' Bucky Dent to the recent off-season battle for Alex Rodriguez, Sox fans have seen it all since 1918...except for that elusive World Championship. Baseball history has transformed these fans into a "nation" -- not to mention the most dedicated, knowledgeable fanbase on the planet. Stewart O'Nan and Stephen King, proud members of Red Sox Nation, will chronicle the 2004 baseball season from spring training to the last game of the season -- the important plays, the controversial managerial decisions, the significant front office moves, and the spectacular finish (whether heartbreaking or joyous). Attending games together, keeping a running diary of observations and arguments, and occasionally evoking great or tragic events in Red Sox history. King and O'Nan will cheer on their beloved team with the eternal hope that this just might be the year. If you don't have season ticket box seats right behind the firstbase dugout, you can't beat Faithful.

Topics: Sports

Published: Scribner on Dec 2, 2004
ISBN: 9780743272445
List price: $13.99
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Did you know that I like the Red Sox? I like the Red Sox. Did you know we won the World Series recently? Twice! But the first time was the best. After that first time, I did the following:

- Wept
- Drank several beers
- Several is an approximation
- Jumped out of my cab in the middle of the street to hug a total stranger
- Like three times, seriously
- Bought the entire postseason on DVD so I could watch The Steal again and again
- Wept while watching The Steal again and again
- Read several books by crazy people who are Red Sox fans.

And here's what sucks about this particular book by crazy people (Stewart O'Nan and Stephen King wrote it together): the 2004 ALCS was one of the most terrifying things that've ever happened. (If you don't know why, you don't need to read this review.) It's a crime against posterity that Stephen King - Stephen King! - wrote about this exact series...and didn't do it justice. I'm mystified and deeply saddened, because there's literally no one better in the history of the world to describe that exact series than Stephen King. And he blew it.

Tempted to click the "this review contains spoilers" box. Spoiler: we totally won the World Series. Spoiler 2: I wept.read more
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Two writers take on a day-by-day (mostly) diary of the 2004 Red Sox season, one which ends in the franchise's first World Series championship in 86 years (which certainly will boost book sales). The less well-known writer O'Nan writes about 2/3's of the book with King chipping in here and there, the latter being the more entertaining and insightful. They work like a broadcast team with O'Nan providing the dull day-by-day play-by-play and King providing the color commentary. O'Nan also tends to be a bit whiny and comes up with annoying nicknames for the players. King uses a lot of profanities. It's a good companion to my own memories and emotions of the up and down Red Sox season (I used a lot of profanities too). I especially appreciate how the authors take on the jackals of the Boston sports media and expose the falsity of their effort to vilify Nomar Garciparra (ah Nomah, if only you could have stayed a few more months), with the loathsome Dan Shaugnessy getting a good dressing down. Yay, the Red Sox won the World Series, and I have proof thanks to Jim & Amy. "I happened to watch one of those ads for Foxwoods Casino with the sound turned off and had a revelation: all of those people in the ad - gamblers, entertainers, cooks, waiters, and waitresses -- look like utter lunatics.We must go there Stewart.We must go there soon." - SK, 99 Good observations on "Sweet Caroline". SK, 126 "And why are the Boston sportswriters this way during baseball season - so angry; so downright cat-dirt mean … sportswriters want winners, … this eighty-six year dry spell just … makes … them …. FURIOUS." SK, 246read more
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Although the subject is one about which I feel passionate, this collection of diary entries an email exchanges through one of the greatest seasons of Boston baseball is too varied in its quality to be as satisfying as I wished.read more
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Faithful by Stephen King was an excellant book. I enjoyed this book because it was basically telling you everything that happened in the 2004 red sox season and their opinions on what happened during the season. Some parts became boring but other parts were very good and made me want to keep reading more. When some people think of Stephen King some might think it may be a difficult read, but not for this book, this book was an easy read and it was hard to get lost while reading. I recommend this book to anyone who is into the Red Sox or anyone who is into reading about a baseball team and their season. read more
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Only read this one if you're a Sox fan. Yankee fans won't find it anywhere near as fun.read more
Is this review helpful? Yes | NoThank you for your feedback.
Written in diary style, Faithful is Stewart O'Nan and Stephen King's view of the 2004 Boston Red Sox season. O'Nan contributes the most to the book, especially at the beginning of the season, while Stephen King writes more about the middle and second half of the season. Their styles are quite different - O'Nan, who became a Red Sox fan as an adult, is more analytical about the game, yet at time is almost childlike in his attempts to catch balls at batting practice or get players autographs. King, a lifelong Red Sox fan, has experienced all the joy and heartbreak of being a member of Red Sox nation and it comes through in his writing. Some of his writing is memorable, especially the part where he throws out the first pitch, which had me laughing, and when he takes his mother-in-law to a playoff game, which brought tears to my eyes. As both a Red Sox and Stephen King fan, I really enjoyed reading this book. It was fun reliving certain games (including a few I'd like to forget about!). O'Nan and King not only talk about the games, but their own lives, in such a way that I felt like I was sitting next to them at Fenway Park, rather than reading a book! Red Sox fans will enjoy this book. After all, it has the perfect ending!read more
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Did you know that I like the Red Sox? I like the Red Sox. Did you know we won the World Series recently? Twice! But the first time was the best. After that first time, I did the following:

- Wept
- Drank several beers
- Several is an approximation
- Jumped out of my cab in the middle of the street to hug a total stranger
- Like three times, seriously
- Bought the entire postseason on DVD so I could watch The Steal again and again
- Wept while watching The Steal again and again
- Read several books by crazy people who are Red Sox fans.

And here's what sucks about this particular book by crazy people (Stewart O'Nan and Stephen King wrote it together): the 2004 ALCS was one of the most terrifying things that've ever happened. (If you don't know why, you don't need to read this review.) It's a crime against posterity that Stephen King - Stephen King! - wrote about this exact series...and didn't do it justice. I'm mystified and deeply saddened, because there's literally no one better in the history of the world to describe that exact series than Stephen King. And he blew it.

Tempted to click the "this review contains spoilers" box. Spoiler: we totally won the World Series. Spoiler 2: I wept.
Is this review helpful? Yes | NoThank you for your feedback.
Two writers take on a day-by-day (mostly) diary of the 2004 Red Sox season, one which ends in the franchise's first World Series championship in 86 years (which certainly will boost book sales). The less well-known writer O'Nan writes about 2/3's of the book with King chipping in here and there, the latter being the more entertaining and insightful. They work like a broadcast team with O'Nan providing the dull day-by-day play-by-play and King providing the color commentary. O'Nan also tends to be a bit whiny and comes up with annoying nicknames for the players. King uses a lot of profanities. It's a good companion to my own memories and emotions of the up and down Red Sox season (I used a lot of profanities too). I especially appreciate how the authors take on the jackals of the Boston sports media and expose the falsity of their effort to vilify Nomar Garciparra (ah Nomah, if only you could have stayed a few more months), with the loathsome Dan Shaugnessy getting a good dressing down. Yay, the Red Sox won the World Series, and I have proof thanks to Jim & Amy. "I happened to watch one of those ads for Foxwoods Casino with the sound turned off and had a revelation: all of those people in the ad - gamblers, entertainers, cooks, waiters, and waitresses -- look like utter lunatics.We must go there Stewart.We must go there soon." - SK, 99 Good observations on "Sweet Caroline". SK, 126 "And why are the Boston sportswriters this way during baseball season - so angry; so downright cat-dirt mean … sportswriters want winners, … this eighty-six year dry spell just … makes … them …. FURIOUS." SK, 246
Is this review helpful? Yes | NoThank you for your feedback.
Although the subject is one about which I feel passionate, this collection of diary entries an email exchanges through one of the greatest seasons of Boston baseball is too varied in its quality to be as satisfying as I wished.
Is this review helpful? Yes | NoThank you for your feedback.
Faithful by Stephen King was an excellant book. I enjoyed this book because it was basically telling you everything that happened in the 2004 red sox season and their opinions on what happened during the season. Some parts became boring but other parts were very good and made me want to keep reading more. When some people think of Stephen King some might think it may be a difficult read, but not for this book, this book was an easy read and it was hard to get lost while reading. I recommend this book to anyone who is into the Red Sox or anyone who is into reading about a baseball team and their season. 
Is this review helpful? Yes | NoThank you for your feedback.
Only read this one if you're a Sox fan. Yankee fans won't find it anywhere near as fun.
Is this review helpful? Yes | NoThank you for your feedback.
Written in diary style, Faithful is Stewart O'Nan and Stephen King's view of the 2004 Boston Red Sox season. O'Nan contributes the most to the book, especially at the beginning of the season, while Stephen King writes more about the middle and second half of the season. Their styles are quite different - O'Nan, who became a Red Sox fan as an adult, is more analytical about the game, yet at time is almost childlike in his attempts to catch balls at batting practice or get players autographs. King, a lifelong Red Sox fan, has experienced all the joy and heartbreak of being a member of Red Sox nation and it comes through in his writing. Some of his writing is memorable, especially the part where he throws out the first pitch, which had me laughing, and when he takes his mother-in-law to a playoff game, which brought tears to my eyes. As both a Red Sox and Stephen King fan, I really enjoyed reading this book. It was fun reliving certain games (including a few I'd like to forget about!). O'Nan and King not only talk about the games, but their own lives, in such a way that I felt like I was sitting next to them at Fenway Park, rather than reading a book! Red Sox fans will enjoy this book. After all, it has the perfect ending!
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