First, there was the absurdity of the Red Sox Nation membership card. Who in their right mind would pay $15 to make his or her status as a Red Sox fan "official"?
This summer, we have been subjected, on an almost nightly basis, to Jerry Remy blathering on during NESN broadcasts about the ongoing campaign to elect a "president" of Red Sox Nation. (Whether this silliness is worse than the Remdawg's constant pimping of his website when he should be discussing the game being played in front of him is a very close call. Either way, shut up and do your job, Jerry.)
As dumb as I think this idea is -- it cost another $15 to enter the campaign -- I did enjoy reading about an event last night in Boston, at which the 25 candidates (chosen from more than 1,200 submissions by what Larry Lucchino called an electoral college of team personnel) gave their initial campaign speeches.
Q: If this is so damn important to the Red Sox and its fans, why wouldn't NESN put this on the air? Why have it while the Red Sox are playing a game? Shouldn't it have been scheduled for an off-night?
I like Rich Garces's promise to "give each member of Red Sox Nation 'El Guapo' bobble-bellies. Like a bobble-head, except the belly shakes." I really want one of these.
Peter Gammons is a strong candidate, but his obscene fawning over George Steinbrenner and the entire Yankees organization (and the concurrent bashing of all things Red Sox) during the Dan Duquette Era should torpedo his campaign. (LexusNexus search, anyone?)
My choice? Steve Manganello.
The self-proclamined "Coma Guy" was struck by a taxi while crossing a street in Japan as the 2004 playoffs were beginning. He remained in a coma for 17 and was barely conscious for another two weeks -- oblivious to the fact that the Red Sox had won their first title in 86 years.
As he said last night, "It's been 89 years for me."
For what it's worth, Joy of Sox endorses Steve Manganello.
In other news, I am running unopposed as Prime Minister of Red Sox Nation.