Here’s a look at the Maple Street Press Red Sox Annual 2007:
This is the second edition of the annual, and this version is similar to the first in scope and style. (Here’s the review of last year’s edition.) Once again, the publishers worked in collaboration with the Sons of Sam Horn website to produce the annual. In addition, Maple Street Press lined up an impressive group of authors to compose the publication.
Chad Finn (Touching All The Bases) leads things off with an overview of the 2007 Red Sox, along with thumbnails of each significant player on the spring training roster. Finn’s recaps are chock full of factoids, commentary and analysis.
Jeff Kuhn (from The House that Dewey Built) has a look around the entire American League, with snapshots of each team heading into the season.
Rob Bradford of the Lawrence Eagle Tribune has a feature entitled The Transcontinental Courtship of Daisuke Matsuzaka. It’s about as complete a look at the entire process from start to finish as you are likely to read anywhere.
Author and statistician Pete Palmer examines whether Jonathan Papelbon would help the Red Sox more as a starter or as a closer. David Laurila (Interviews from Red Sox Nation) sits down and talks with Papelbon about his move to the starting rotation. Later in the publication, Laurila also has an interview with Red Sox first round pick Daniel Bard.
SoSH member Steve Mastroyin has an article on the Red Sox efforts to return to the 2003-2005 level of run production and offense. Stephen Vetere looks into the bullpen issues that the club has had in the Theo Epstein era.
Vince Gennaro (Diamond Dollars) examines how the Red Sox can attempt to win efficiently after investing over $200 million in three players – Daisuke Matsuzaka, J.D. Drew and Julio Lugo.
Mark A Brown of the Falmouth Enterprise compares the Dynamic Dominican Duo of Manny Ramirez and David Ortiz to other legendary batting combinations in history, such as Ruth/Gehrig, Matthews/Aaron, Williams/Foxx and Mays/Cepeda.
Brandon Magee, (Sox on Deck, Most Valuable Network) submits the 2007 minor league report for the Red Sox, listing out the top 20 prospects in the system (starting with Jacoby Ellsbury), and listing out other players to watch and keep an eye on as well. Chris Paddock (Diehard Magazine) gets into the club’s evolving strategy when it comes to finding amateur talent.
Chuck Burgess and Bill Nowlin (Love That Dirty Water: The Improbable Anthem of the Boston Red Sox) bring us the story of how a song performed in 1966 by a band in which not a single member had ever been to Boston became the victory anthem of the Red Sox.
SoSH legend Shaun Kelly brings us back 40 years to the summer of 1967, which kicked off a new era of Red Sox baseball. On the right field facade at Fenway Park, the #4 is among those retired by the club. Mark Armour (Paths to Glory) looks at the career and influence (good and bad) that Joe Cronin had with the Red Sox.
Robert Sullivan (Our Red Sox) says that things have quickly reverted back to normal for Red Sox fans after the 2004 World Championship. Toby Dorsey from Sox Therapy remembers the Red Sox youth movements of 1987 and 1997 and wonders if we’re in for another in 2007.
The publication concludes with a listing from Graham Knight of great bars and pubs in which to watch the Red Sox all across the country.