It was announced today that Red Sox Hall of Fame second baseman and NESN analyst Jerry Remy won a convincing victory in the election of President of Red Sox Nation. “Regular fans,” however, finished out the top 5, including “Regular Rob” Crawford, who finished decisively in second place, followed by Jared Carrabis, Cheryl Boyd, and Cindy Brown.
More than 70,000 votes poured into the 4-day window that began this past Friday night and concluded yesterday at 5 p.m. Fans voted on line at redsox.com, via text messaging, and by postcard.
Remy, who starred for the Red Sox and the Angels in his 10-year major league career, will deliver the Ceremonial First Pitch before tonight’s game between those two clubs to launch the 2007 American League Division Series.
“We are pleased that this election process generated so many ideas from our fans,” said Larry Lucchino, the Red Sox’ President/CEO. “As a vehicle to foster dialogue and to stimulate suggestions, this campaign has already been fruitful.”
“The story does not end here,” said Dr. Charles Steinberg, the Red Sox’ Executive Vice President/Public Affairs. “We want to continue the dialogue with our fans, whether it is with the top 5, the top 25, or the 1,200 who ran for office. We want to give a voice to all Red Sox fans across the country and around the world. Such sustained communication helps us remain accessible and accountable to our fans.”
Crawford, a guitar-playing singer songwriter and fundraiser for education, performed his tune, “I’m A Member of Red Sox Nation,” to illustrate his multi-generational connection to the Red Sox.
Carrabis’s claim to fame was having worn a Red Sox t-shirt for more than 1,400 consecutive days. The young Saugus native confirmed that he has hundreds of t-shirts, and that the one worn each day was clean.
Boyd is the great-great niece of John Dooley, a founder of the “Royal Rooters,” Boston ’s first baseball fan club. The Bentley College student’s great aunt was Elizabeth “Lib” Dooley, a fan icon at Fenway for more than 50 years.
Brown is the head of Boston Duck Tours, operators of the amphibious craft that carried the 2004 World Champions down the streets of Boston and into the Charles River in the “Rolling Rally.”
THE FINAL VOTING
1. Jerry Remy 39,120
2. Rob Crawford 13,669
3. Jared Carrabis 9,445
4. Cheryl Boyd 5,305
5. Cindy Brown 3,460
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