Red Sox Chick/Toeing the Rubber

Because you always need a backup plan

Membership has its Privileges

As it stands, I don’t have any tickets for any Red Sox games for 2011.

I hadn’t given it much thought before today.  Usually, by this time, I have tickets for a couple if not a handful of games.  This year I need to be more practical, so the games I attend will be fewer than they were last year.  This isn’t necessarily a bad thing as I enjoy Don and Jerry and there are many benefits to watching at home (not fighting the crowd after the game and saving money from not taking a taxi home are just two that come to  mind).

So what do I do this morning?  I re-up my Red Sox Nation membership.  Keep with me, there’s a reason for sharing this.

Now I never bought into the whole idea that you have to sign up for a Red Sox Nation membership to be a real fan.  That’s just ridiculous.  But I do think that some of the benefits of being an official member (listed here) are pretty damn cool.   I use GameDay Audio an awful lot so having it packaged into my membership is a plus.  But my favorite benefit is being allowed into Fenway early.  I’ve been able to take advantage of that benefit a few times and the only drawback is that you’re confined to the Green Monster, but getting into Fenway a half an hour earlier than roughly 35,000 other people is a tremendous kick.  (Sitting on the Green Monster for a half an hour watching batting practice, especially if your seats aren’t on the Green Monster for the game, is more fun than I can articulate – while also being slightly terrifying if you’re afraid of heights.)

While I realize I sound like an advertisement for Red Sox Nation, I feel like the program gets a really bad rap because some people bristle at the idea of the team trying to make money off of the fans.  I’ve stated it before and I will continue to do so…I’m THRILLED that this ownership gets that there are many ways to entice the fans while also making a few dollars for the team.  They know their audience and they cater to that.  Given the benefits that come with membership (and that memberships begin as inexpensively as $14.95 a year), this is a win-win for both the fans and the team.  I can’t complain about that.

I write this because I received an email this morning from a baseball fan (team allegiance unknown) who felt compelled to tell me that the Red Sox were greedy, cared nothing about the fans, and were “worse than the Yankees” while specifically citing the Red Sox Nation program as one of the reasons “the rest of baseball hates you”.  He went on to write that he was certain that I was an official member of Red Sox Nation because the fan base was full of “bandwagon fans” who only cared about having something like an identification card to prove they were a real fan of the team.

This email was sent (and read) much too early.  It was no way to start off my day.  So I decided to turn a negative into a positive.  I know there are plenty of Red Sox Nation detractors.  And if  you don’t think the benefits are worthy of paying for, I can understand why you would have no use for a membership.  But to me, the benefits are a long time coming.  The opportunities they offer are some that no other team does and instead of assuming the team is trying to take advantage of the fans, I prefer to think of it as a way the team is showing appreciation to us.

So, yes, I am a card-carrying member of Red Sox Nation (and have been since the program began) and I’m proud of it.  My team finds new and creative ways each year to show me they appreciate the fact that I support them and instead of questioning the motives, I choose to be thankful that I support such a team.

Only 35 days until Truck Day!

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January 4, 2011 - Posted by | 2011 |

6 Comments »

  1. Tell the truth… it was Shaughnessy.

    Comment by Tru | January 4, 2011 | Reply

  2. I also am a card carrying member of Red Sox Nation for one of the reasons you mentioned. I always sign up for Game Day Audio and it costs $14.95. If I sign up for the card, I pay $14.95. Hmmm, let’s think about this. Do I lose out on anything by becoming a Red Sox Nation member? Nope, and I can get some other perks if I ever get to a game at Fenway and want to get in early.

    Comment by Brenken | January 4, 2011 | Reply

  3. I never saw why people had such a problem with it. They’d say “I don’t need a card to prove I’m a fan.” Well, why are you wearing a $200 jersey to the game? To show people which team you like! And the fact that they bought official over replica must mean they want to PROVE they’re more of a real fan than the next person. Yet I get made fun of for buying a fan club membership–which happens to come with an ID card that I literally have never shown anyone. Nor have I seen anyone else’s. There’s no attempt at “proving” anything there. In fact, had freaking Dirt Dogs LIKED the idea instead of hating it when it first came out (despite not yet knowing what it would entail), probably no one would care. In fact, on the RSN page now it says something about “you don’t need to join RSN to be a member of [the real] Red Sox Nation.” Would I have liked it if they’d chosen a different name and let “Red Sox Nation” be just a fan’s term that belonged to no one? Yes, but it’s better the team got the rights to the name than anyone else, because surely someone else would have tried.

    As for that fan, they are obviously a Yankee fan, but regardless, they’re confusing RSN the club with the general idea of RSN–they probably think the team invented the term for the fan club and that’s how it started. They’re also quite jealous, and don’t know how to handle a world where suddenly the group of people they could always count on as being there to mock for being losers are winners for a change. I’d probably be a little frightened and confused too….

    Comment by jere | January 4, 2011 | Reply

  4. I buy the lowest level cos it comes with GameDay as well!! I mean…I can now listen to it…anywhere with my laptop! 🙂
    Also, the ONE game I attended I won a shirt 🙂
    When you enter in and they scan your card, you have the possibility of winning other perks…like upgrading your seat!
    I’m with you Cyn…I LOVE Red Sox Nation. Being a member of it and someone with business sense…it makes cents…business cents. As long as the cards come with perks…Why not?

    Comment by Tex19 | January 4, 2011 | Reply

  5. I have bought a membership every year for the last few years. Being able to watch batting practice from the Monster when we came to Boston was worth the cost without any other benefits. I also like to taunt my Yankee fan coworker by showing him my new card each year! 🙂

    Comment by Becky | January 4, 2011 | Reply

  6. Been a card carrier since it was first offered. Love it and it does keep getting better.

    Comment by Weaver53 | January 5, 2011 | Reply


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