…of the Red variety (Sorry, Chicago.) There are two kinds of Red Sox fans:
1.) Young Ones: These fans expect success and are used to it.
2.) Old Ones: These fans are cynical and can’t believe their luck.
Red Sox Nation is a large collection of New Englanders more passionate about their team than any group of fans I’ve ever seen before. (And I’ve lived in New York and Chicago.) When I was in college I worked at a bar right outside Fenway Park called The (World Famous) Cask & Flagon. I was raised in the middle of New York with no particular affinity towards any baseball team but as a Junior in college trying to make money I learned that a winning Red Sox team = more tips. GOOOO Red Sox!
When I married my Boston-based Hubby there was no turning back. I was all-in. Now as a Red Sox Mom & Dad team, there is no question who are children will be rooting for. Hubs often tries to get our kids to watch the games with him on TV to spark their interest but at 2 and 5 years old, that usually lasts for 1 inning if he’s lucky. Enter NESN Clubhouse. This is a live TV show FOR KIDS that’s commercial-free and airs 90 minutes before both home and away games on Sundays. It’s the perfect way to help continue the passion for Red Sox Nation. (We have to start them young to carry the torch, right?)
The best part about this show is that it’s run by kids! We had the pleasure of attending last Sunday, here I am with the gregarious host, TJ who is just 14 years old. He did an awesome job of keeping the live audience interested. I loved chatting with his mom Donna “backstage” in a cornered off section of Yawkey Way where she told me she has never missed a show and has learned so much herself (Did you know a baseball bat weighs 2lbs?) The studio audience is made up of area youth baseball and softball teams (Psst – you could get your local town on!) Here’s a screen shot of us from the TV hanging out behind the team bleachers as TJ demonstrates how to be ambidextrous in baseball…
Wally the Green Monster is on every show and is a huge hit with passing fans on Yawkey Way. I think I witnessed him sign 20 different gloves but he still took time out of his busy schedule to pose with us –
Other highlights of this show include features like “Stump Your Parents,” “You Make The Call” and watching players show kids how to play baseball. My personal favorite though was the segment called “Small Talk” where kids get to interview and ask any question they want to a variety of professional baseball players. (“Hey Chris Young, my name is Moses. I think Earth is the best planet – what is your favorite planet?” Oh yea, and how much do you make?)
So “Old” Red Sox fans, this show is a must-watch for your budding “Young” Red Sox fans, as we must keep the Nation fueled…
Tune in to NESN every Sunday 90 minutes before the game.