No, there wasn’t a player signing at Boston’s Logan International Airport, but there was a uniform unveiling, of sorts.
Red Sox sponsorship partner JetBlue unveiled an Airbus A320 in Red Sox colors today marking the first time a commercial airliner has worn an MLB “uniform”. The unveiling was done with JetBlue’s Senior VP of Marketing and Commercial Strategy Marty St. George, Red Sox President/CEO Larry Lucchino, Red Sox Exec VP/COO Sam Kennedy, Manager Bobby Valentine, Boston Mayor Thomas Menino and a “cast of hundreds” that included JetBlue crewmembers and Wally the Green Monster.
The jet’s design was inspired by the Red Sox road unis – gray with blue wing tips, and a gray tail featuring the dangling red socks. Also included in the paint scheme is the logo for Fenway’s 100th Anniversary.
The jet begins service today flying to, where else, Ft. Myers, FL where the Red Sox host Spring Training at the new JetBlue Park at Fenway South. Customers on the flight were greeted with hats and jerseys on their seats for the maiden flight.
The jet has the number 605, which according to sources with JetBlue has no particular significance. No word as to whether “Number 605” will make the 40 man roster for Spring Training.
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