June 2008

Celtics Celebrations, Milli Vanilli tomfoolery, and World Series Bling!

Hello and Welcome to The Insider Blog!

Now, if you’ve found this blog, you probably already know that I’m a member of the Red Sox Front Office, writing this from inside Fenway Park.  I’m not getting paid by the Red Sox to write this blog, and only a couple of top-ranking executives within the organization even have knowledge that I am writing it.

I’m a life-long Red Sox fan, and growing up, I always wondered what it would be like to get a glimpse into the inner-workings and decision-making processes inside the Red Sox Front Office.  Lucky for you the readers, I stumbled into a job here, worked my way up, and (most likely through some clerical error) have been given keys that allow me access to just about every part of the ballpark and the offices.  But to rip-off a line from Peter Parker, “with great power, comes great responsibility.”

With that in mind, it is my hope that on this page, I’ll be able to give Sox fans a real “Insider’s” look into what actually goes on here in the offices, in the halls, in the conference rooms, and even in the break room (though I’ll try to spare you all the details of how I sort through the gummi bears to get to the red and orange ones).  Yes, we have gummi bears in our break room.

Ok…here’s what’s putting dents in the Green Monster this week…

First of all, we’re going to need a big last minute push to get our Red Sox into the All-Star game at Yankee Stadium!  Please, please, vote for our guys (you can vote up to 25 times).  And please encourage your friends to do the same!  Send out an email, facebook message, away message or whatever you can, to your friends and family.  Vote here!

In case you didn’t see it, on Friday, we had the World Champion Boston Celtics pay us and the Red Sox fans a visit, as their 20080620_MI_STL_Pre_816.JPG2008 Championship was celebrated here at Fenway.  I got to spend some time with the owners, players, and staff as they prepared for the Pre-Game Ceremonies, and let me tell you, they were ecstatic to be here.  Seriously, I mean, ear-to-ear smiles all day long.  As a big Celtics fan, it was a pretty awesome thing to see. 

What many people may not realize is that while other members of the team have thrown out the Ceremonial First Pitch in years past, this was Paul Pierce’s first chance.  He was quite excited (as you can see…).  It’s also just great to see the unity among the teams in Boston (from the Front Offices to the players).

 

Move over Gino!  On Friday, the fans at the ballpark were treated to the debut of a new Rain Delay video starring Jonathan Papelbon and Manny Delcarmen. 
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 I was fortunate enough to be around when they were filming the video (in case you were wondering, it was filmed in the Jordan’s 3rd base deck at Fenway Park).  Trust me; if you thought the video itself was funny, you would love to see the “behind the scenes” footage.  In particular, I enjoyed watching Pap and Manny trying to figure out who was supposed to “sing” which lines.  The above photo was taken during the actual shoot. 

And here’s your Insider’s heads-up…I just got word from one of my sources down the hall, that there will be a whole segment dedicated to the Behind the Scenes filming of this video broadcast on “The Red Sox Report” at Noon on 6/29 on NESN, re-airing at 6:30 pm, and 10:30pm.  OR…if you don’t have NESN as always, you can become a citizen of Red Sox Nation and watch “The Red Sox Report” online any time, at your convenience.  This is definitely a huge perk of Red Sox Nation, especially for those fans hundreds or even thousands of miles away from Fenway!  Click here to find out more.

20080622_CL_picnic in the park 119.jpgAlso big props to all the fans who stuck out the rain delay and extra innings affair on Sunday to support the Red Sox Foundation’s Picnic in the Park fundraiser.  Their dedication and generosity to charity were rewarded when many of the Red Sox players came out and signed autographs for them.  If you’re interested in becoming a member of the Red Sox Foundation’s Volunteer team, or want to find out what you can do to help, click here!

Ok, so the real buzz around the office this week is that on Monday, the 2007 World Series Rings were distributed to members of the Front Office.  In addition, other members of the Front Office will receive gifts such as World Series watches.  It takes a lot of hard work, and long hours from a great number of people to make the Red Sox organization great, so it’s with great pride and appreciation that the rings were received.  And fortunately, that includes yours truly!  If you’d like to see what the ’07 World Series Ring looks like or, if you’d like to have a chance to win your very own World Series Ring (identical to that of the players) you can click here to find out more.  We’re on the last few days of the raffle, so don’t miss out.  Take it from me, if feels pretty darn good to walk around town with one of these rings on.

Speaking of which, I had to take my ring off so I could type this entry, and I’m getting anxious not having it on.  So that’s it for this week.  Please let me know if you have any questions or comments!  I’m new to this whole blogging thing, but I think you can comment below; or as always, you can email me at insider@redsox.com

All the best!

“The Voice”

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