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Dan Shaughnessy (born July 20, 1953) is an American sports writer. Shaughnessy has authored or contributed to several sports-related books, including on the fierce Yankees–Red Sox rivalry. His book, The Curse of the Bambino, details the travails of the Boston Red Sox and their search for a World Series championship after selling Babe Ruth to the New York Yankees. He subsequently wrote Reversing the Curse after the Red Sox won the 2004 World Series. He is a contributor to ESPN The Magazine, and a regular guest on a Sunday night sports show, Sports Xtra. Shaughnessy discusses sports and current events on radio shows airing on WTKK; on ESPN’s Rome Is Burning; and on NESN’s SportsPlus and Globe 10.0. On July 9, 2008, he made his debut as a guest host on the ESPN show Pardon the Interruption. He has a weekend radio show on WBZ-FM alongside Adam Jones. Considered by some Red Sox fans (and some players) as being overly negative and critical, he earned the pejorative nickname “Curly-Haired Boyfriend” from former Red Sox player Carl Everett. The Dan Shaughnessy Watch blog dedicated to critiquing his work was launched in 2005. In the final game of the 2011 season, the Red Sox had a playoff berth on the line in Baltimore. During a rain delay, Shaugnessy declared, “I think the Rays are not going to win tonight. I think the one thing we’ve eliminated tonight is the Red Sox season is not going to end tonight. They live to play another day.” At the time, the Tampa Bay Rays were trailing the New York Yankees 7-0 in the 8th inning, but won 8-7 in 12 innings. The Red Sox were leading the Baltimore Orioles 3-2 but lost 4-3 and were eliminated from the postseason. In 2013, Shaughnessy and Cleveland Indians manager Terry Francona released Francona, a biography focusing on Francona’s years as manager of the Red Sox. The book immediately became a best-seller.

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