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Red Sox Nation determines top ten candidates for presidency of Red Sox Nation09/12/2007 5:53 PM ET
BOSTON -- Tens of thousands of members of Red Sox Nation cast more than 160,000 votes to pare down the number of candidates for the "Presidency of Red Sox Nation" to ten...plus a dog. Fans can interact with the 10 finalists at a "Meet the Candidates" event at the Baseball Tavern (1270 Boylston St., near Fenway Park), Wednesday, Sept. 19, from 6-9 p.m. A televised debate on NESN in late September will give even more fans a closer look at the final contenders. The winner is expected to be chosen by the end of the season.
More than 1,200 fans worldwide (from 45 states and six foreign countries) were nominated for the honorary office before the club announced the Top 25 on Aug. 27. Each submitted a nominating statement and "platform," many with new and useful ideas for the franchise and for Fenway Park.
The top ten includes a mixture of former players, writers, "regular fans," men, women, and yes, a dog.
Former players include NESN analyst Jerry Remy, right-handed reliever Rich "El Guapo" Garces, and left-handed slugger Sam Horn. Writers include Baseball Hall of Famer Peter Gammons, Mike Barnicle, and Pulitzer Prize Winner Doris Kearns Goodwin. Even the regular fans who made the list have special stories.
Jared Carrabis of Saugus has worn a Red Sox t-shirt for more than 1,400 straight days. Cindy Brown is chief executive of one of Boston's most famous tourist elements, Boston Duck Tours. "Regular Rob" Crawford, a fundraiser for schools in the Boston area, is a family man whose candidacy has been sung in song, "I'm a Member of Red Sox Nation."
Cheryl Boyd, a student at Bentley College, is the great niece of famed Red Sox fan Lib Dooley, a legend who occupied a first row seat for more than 50 years near the visitors dugout. Lib's father, and Cheryl's great-great uncle, together with Michael "Nuf Ced" McGreevey and John "Honey Fitz" Fitzgerald were creators of the Royal Rooters, the franchise's first fan club that gave birth to Red Sox Nation.
The dog, "Big Pupi," made a strong showing and continues in the competition.
"Our particular thanks go to those who worked hard to seek and earn hundreds or thousands of votes but didn't quite make the cut," said Red Sox President/CEO Larry Lucchino. "Make no mistake, fans such as Rick Swanson of Connecticut, Frank Galasso of Rhode Island, and Greg Caliri of Massachusetts are full of bright, innovative ideas. We are proud of distinguished, thoughtful nominees such as Hank "The Colonel" Larsen of Oklahoma, Masahiko Takinami of Japan, and Antonio Rodriguez Morales of Puerto Rico, who showed the increasingly international flavor of the Red Sox. Jon Meterparel of WEEI shows he is a knowledgeable and clever observer of the Red Sox scene."
"Those in the Top 10 are an interesting and diverse group," said Dr. Charles A. Steinberg, Red Sox Executive Vice President/Public Affairs. "It is often said that the Red Sox inspire the writings of the poets, an adage validated by the presence of three authors of national acclaim. Red Sox fans also feel a special connection to their players, evidenced by three former players with strong personalities on the list. And for the thousands of 'regular fans,' we see interesting people with humorous and touching stories of their connections to the club.
"We know we have a special fan base. This process, besides identifying their honorary spokesperson, illustrates our commitment to know our fans, to hear from them, to receive their suggestions, and to help us enjoy a connection with them, no matter where in the world they live."
In addition to meeting fans in person, each candidate will now have a "blog" for fans to read at redsoxnation.com. Fans can become registered citizens of Red Sox Nation by visiting redsox.com.
THE REMAINDER OF THE TOP 25
"Baseball Annie" Bresnahan, New Hampshire
Greg "Section 15" Caliri, Haverhill, MA
Luis "RedSoxLuis" Cosenza, Pennsylvania
Terri "4 President" Cronin, Boston, MA
Robert "Going Global" Feiner, Texas
William "Billy the Kid" French, New York
Frank "The Artist" Galasso, Rhode Island
Patrick "PK" Kennedy, Vermont
Hank "The Colonel" Larsen, Oklahoma
Steve "Coma Guy" Manganello, Maine
Jon "Meter" Meterparel, Brighton, MA
Antonio "Medias Rojas" Rodriguez Morales, Puerto Rico
"Queen Lorraine" Murawski, Sturbridge, MA
Rick "The Fan's Commish" Swanson, Connecticut
Masahiko "Taki" Takinami, Japan
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