Red Sox to the Smithsonian
With the Boston Red Sox set to make their first trip to D.C. to face the Nationals this week, it looks like it's time for everyone to cash in.
"The Nation" will be swarming Nationals Park for a three-game series that begins tomorrow night and tickets are getting scooped up. The Nats already appear to have sold out the cheaper seats in the upper deck and the better part of the outfield for the opener.
But the Nationals aren't the only D.C. institution trying to draw in Red Sox fans. It was announced today that memorabilia from Boston's 2007 World Series would be held on display starting tomorrow at the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History.
The temporary exhibition only lasts through Sunday and will feature the jersey worn by pitcher Jon Lester in the fourth and final game of Boston's sweep of the Colorado Rockies amongst other items.
Knowing that Boston fans are in abundance in this area and travel well (especially now that schools are out), this could just be a case of some brilliant marketing. "In town for the series? Come on down to the museum and see some Red Sox gear and stick around for some more history!"
But does this seem like pandering to the crowd or simply taking advantage of a rabid fan base? Further, the 2007 World Series? That's the lesser of the two for Boston fans and, frankly, the series wasn't terribly exciting unless you were a Red Sox or Rockies fan.
Personally, I'm just curious to see if Boston fans will now flock to the museum to see World Series artifacts. So yeah, any Red Sox fans out there let us know if the Smithsonian has lured you. But I'm also wondering, is this a new low for any host city trying to cater to a visiting team's fans?
June 22, 2009; 3:29 PM ET
Categories: Nationals , Red Sox | Tags: 2007 world series, boston red sox, colorado rockies, smithsonian, washington nationals, world series
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