Calling all candidates: Someone will be elected “President of Red Sox Nation” this season (no, John Kerry has not yet thrown his hat into the ring).
According to the Red Sox -- who announced this today as part of a new promotional campaign to get fans to register for Red Sox Nation citizenship -- the “presidential” honor comes with tickets and a free blog on redsox.com.
The Sox did not provide any further details on how the “election” will take place.
According to the Sox, fans who sign up for the team's 2007 Red Sox Nation program will receive a DVD in English, Spanish, or Japanese, a photograph of a citizen’s name on the Fenway Park scoreboard, a Red Sox publication, and chances to win prizes. Of course, everyone who signs up will also receive a Red Sox Nation citizenship card, which can be renewed annually. The price for this Fan Pack is $14.95 per season.
“These new benefits and innovations are designed to help connect Red Sox fans to the club and to each other, even if they are separated by language, miles, and oceans,” said Red Sox president and CEO Larry Lucchino in the release. “The passionate fan base has been a vital element of Red Sox baseball for more than 100 years, and modern communication modalities are providing opportunities to further connect and unite these fans.
“Chapters of Red Sox Nation flourish around the nation and throughout the world. This program is intended to be the unifying voice and vehicle.”
Red Sox fans outside of New England have made certain restaurants their “homes away from Fenway.” From “Sonny McLean’s” in Santa Monica, Calif. and “Fat Face Fenner’s Fishshack” in Redondo Beach, Calif. to “The Riv” in New York, and “Smoky Joe’s Ribs” in Aruba, Red Sox fans seem to find a place, adopt it, and make it a mini-Fenway Park.
More info on this year’s Red Sox Nation program:
According to the team, more than 50,000 people participated in the Red Sox Nation program in 2005, while 35,700 fans participated last season. Red Sox Nation membership must be renewed annually.