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Sunday, October 01, 2017 by Chams
“There’s a certain kind of passion that fans feel for the Red Sox and attending games at Fenway Park, and when you mash everything together, it ignites,” said Joel Feld, NESN’s vice president for programming and, with Eric Korsh, the series’s executive producer. “Fenway is the oldest ballpark in the major leagues, the Red Sox sell out every night, and the fan base is fiercely loyal. They suffered for decades and decades until the team won the World Series.”
In other words, Sox fans are fools for love.
One part “Fever Pitch,” the other part “The Bachelor,” “Sox Appeal” takes a citizen — or hero, in the show’s vernacular — of that “ultimate manic-depressive fan base,” as the NESN analyst and former star Red Sox pitcher Dennis Eckersley has put it, known as Red Sox Nation and matches him (or her; there are women heroes) with three blind dates for two innings each.
At the seventh-inning stretch the hero chooses the person he would like to spend the rest of the game with and then announces his decision by holding up a sign that is broadcast on the stadium’s giant video screen. Afterward the hero and his potential love match are shown walking into the sunset, albeit with none of the gooey follow-up common to other dating shows.
Which is not to say there’s a shortage of commentary. “Sox Appeal” doesn’t rely only on unscripted and often unruly interjections, both verbal and physical, from fans seated around the couple and near the two other participants waiting for their dates with the hero. It also involves the entire Red Sox organization — from the play-by-play of the NESN commentators Don Orsillo and Jerry Remy to dating advice offered by players like the knuckleball pitcher Tim Wakefield. Couples who met at Fenway Park recount their courtships in short segues and promotional spots. There’s even a scoreboard on which the hero’s romantic hits and errors are tallied.
So far, eight episodes — including one NESN calls “the silver fox” episode, with singles in their 60s — have been filmed this summer, with participants culled from auditions at Bob’s Stores around the Boston area. The show was developed by NESN and Scout Productions, the people behind Bravo’s “Queer Eye for the Straight Guy,” and based on an idea by Ges and Monika Selmont — whose docudrama “Wait Till This Year,” shown on NESN and then released on DVD, followed a Sox fan during the championship season. “Sox Appeal” is the first entry in what is envisioned as a global concept that could be adapted to “any venue, any sport, any place,” said Mr. Korsh. (IMG has agreed to market and distribute the series’s concept internationally, to be tailored to different locations and teams.)
“The dating part is involved in the emotion the participants attach to their own teams,” he added. “And when the show is locally based, viewers really can have a stake in what is happening.”
That raises the question: Could “Stripes Appeal,” for New York Yankees fans, be next?
“We’re always looking for new programming concepts,” said Eric Handler, director of communications for YES, the Yankees network. “This particular one hasn’t really been bandied about here. But when you think about it, it is something that could work in a variety of markets.”
“We would listen to them,” he said.
Back at Fenway Park, it’s the seventh-inning stretch, and Mr. Lucash has to make his decision. Will it be Hannah Grutchfield, a tall blonde who says she’s on the prowl for a strong man who can pick her up and spin her around? Will it be Jennifer Nania, who says she likes to wear the pants in her relationships and could give Mr. Lucash a run for his spandex tights?
Or will Mr. Lucash choose Ms. Jones — who, in the words of Mr. Orsillo and Mr. Remy, “roots for the worst team in baseball” — and prove that love can conquer all, even the greatest rivalry in the game?
Grab a handful of peanuts and stay tuned.Continue reading the main story