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‘Miracle at Fenway’ by Saul Wisnia

The increasingly buckling shelf of books celebrating all things Red Sox 2004 glory are marked by what I think of as a kind of paeanistic righteousness. You get the full-throated victory shout, once more, but with an overlay of “these guys did it for you, New Englanders, and your forefathers.”

The title of this Saul Wisnia effort suggests that same brand of Joan of Arc-style fervor, but the title is somewhat misleading. What we have here is a fresh take on the merry band that many will always hold as curse-breakers; that is, we are getting their origin story from the truncated would-be glory days of the 2003 season, and even back to the reign of general manager Dan Duquette during the Nomar Garciaparra and Mo Vaughn era.

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