The 2013 Red Sox baseball season is officially underway and to get Red Sox Nation excited—a challenge after a 69 win season—NESN sent broadcast team, Jerry Remy, Don Orsillo and Jenny Dell on a four-day, five-city tour of New England. It’s what I like to call the “we-know-the-Sox-totally-sucked-last-year-but-please-don’t-leave-us” tour. The NESN crew visited media outlets, businesses and schools and held meet and greets and autograph sessions.
Jerry, Don and Jenny departed the NESN studios bright and early on Tuesday morning and headed north to Burlington. They made an appearance at the State House where Jerry laid down the gavel—appropriate for the president of Red Sox Nation. From there, the trio made their way over to the Vermont Tourism Office, rounding up their visit to the Green Mountain state.
Wednesday morning, Jerry, Don and Jenny stopped by a couple of Hartford radio and TV stations for interviews before dropping in at a local Chevy dealership. They also visited Comcast and surprised a few callers by answering the phones. Can you imagine calling to complain about your remote control not working, and being greeted by, “Thank you for calling Comcast, this is NESN’s Jerry Remy, also known as the RemDawg.”? Errrrr… ummm… huh? Can you fix my remote?
The crew ended day two with a free meet-and-greet at the MassMutual Center in Springfield, MA where they participated in a Q&A and autograph session with fans.
Finally… the NESN tour has arrived in my neck of the woods! First, the trio headed over to the WHOM-FM studios for an interview that quickly broached the subject of a certain event that happened on Patriots Day in 2007—PizzaGate! Definitely one of the funniest things I’ve seen happen on a broadcast, rivaled only by last season’s BoobGrabGate.
From there they gave a quick interview to WHOM’s sister station, WJBQ where the topic of conversation mainly revolved around RemDawg’s porn-style mustache. Yeah… baby!
As with other cities, the NESN Tour made stops at a local car dealership and a school where the threesome showed off their amazing dance moves and fielded questions from curious third graders—including one kid who really did his research and asked Jerry if it was true he only hit seven home runs in his career. It is, by the way…in case you were wondering.
They wrapped up Portland with yet another Q&A and autograph session—this one at Binga’s Stadium. Lucky for me, I know some people and was lucky enough to procure a private meet-and-greet with the team before they went on stage. Don spent the most time with us, and Jenny joined a few minutes later. Unfortunately, I met Jerry last and only got to spend a couple minutes with him. They’re all incredibly nice—although I was disappointed I didn’t get the chance to ask them any of the 734 questions I had floating around my brain. This will definitely go on my life’s highlight reel.
The NESN tour concluded on Friday with a visit to Rhode Island. Once again consisting of a radio interview, visits to a few local businesses and a school and of course, a public meet-and-greet at the Warwick Mall.
Phew! That sounds exhausting! Next up for the trio… sunny (and not so warm) Florida for spring training. The first Grapefruit League game for the Red Sox is scheduled for Saturday, February 23rd against those pesky Rays at JetBlue Park.