An "Electoral College" of Red Sox executives and staff members read and evaluated the applications submitted by candidates. Unofficial polling at redsox.com was also included, as well as reactions from fans and front office members who saw several candidates live at a "Meet the Candidates" forum at Game On! Tuesday, August 21.
Each state in New England is represented in the Top 25, as are New York, Texas, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico, and Japan.
Nominees representing the Massachusetts cities and towns of Sturbridge, Saugus, Fall River, Groton, Brighton, Brookline, Boston, Concord, Fitchburg, Haverhill, and Waltham also made the Top 25.
Those making the cut include celebrities, writers, former players, those with long ties to the club's history, fans young and old, and the dog, who submitted a compelling video calling for, among other things, a new dog-friendly area, Section K-9.
"We found undeniable support for Big Pupi that we just could not ignore," said Dr. Charles A. Steinberg, the Red Sox' Executive Vice President/Public Affairs. "In these dog days of summer, we found the idea of Red Sox Nation's favorite canine a compelling idea.
"Of course, we are also thrilled to have direct descendants of Joe Cronin and Lib Dooley," Steinberg added, "So while we find the website of a dog amusing, we are proud that we have participants that represent three and four generations of Red Sox families."
Terri Cronin is Joe's granddaughter, and Cheryl Boyd is the great niece of legendary fan Lib Dooley.
All fans who consider themselves members of Red Sox Nation, whether officially registered "citizens" or not, are invited to vote starting this Thursday, August 30, through September 9, to help the club narrow the field to the Top 10. Fans may select up to ten candidates per ballot. There is a limit of ten ballots per e-mail address. Ten finalists will be interviewed and likely invited to participate in a televised debate designed to reduce the field further. Fans will then vote during the final weekend of the regular season to recommend their top choice. The club will use the results of the voting, as well as other considerations, including interview performances, Red Sox knowledge, and desire for the position, in making the final determinations.
Photos and information about each candidate will be in the next issue of Red Sox Magazine and on redsox.com.
Voting is free for everyone at redsox.com, and those without computers can send postcards to Red Sox Nation/4 Yawkey Way/Boston, MA 02215. Fans can become official citizens of Red Sox Nation by visiting redsoxnation.com.
The top 25...and a dog
Mike "I Need the Job" Barnicle, Fitchburg, MA
Cheryl "Dooley" Boyd, Waltham, MA
"Baseball Annie" Bresnahan, New Hampshire
Cindy "Duck Boat" Brown, Boston, MA
Greg "Section 15" Caliri, Haverhill, MA
Jared "T-Shirt Guy" Carrabis, Saugus, MA
Luis "RedSoxLuis" Cosenza, Pennsylvania
"Regular Rob" Crawford, Brookline, MA
Terri "4 President" Cronin, Boston, MA
Robert "Going Global" Feiner, Texas
William "Billy the Kid" French, New York
Frank "The Artist" Galasso, Rhode Island
Peter "The Commissioner" Gammons, Groton, MA
Rich "El Guapo" Garces, New Hampshire
Doris Kearns Goodwin, Concord, MA
"Sam the Slugger" Horn, Rhode Island
Patrick "PK" Kennedy, Vermont
Hank "The Colonel" Larsen, Oklahoma
Steve "Coma Guy" Manganello, Maine
Jon "Meter" Meterparel, Brighton, MA
Antonio "Medias Rojas" Rodriguez Morales, Puerto Rico
"Queen Lorraine" Murawski, Sturbridge, MA
Jerry "The Incumbent" Remy, Fall River, MA
Rick "The Fan's Commish" Swanson, Connecticut
Masahiko "Taki" Takinami, Japan
And the Dog: Big Pupi, Texas