The Boston Red Sox have created a new mascot to help with promotional activities ahead of the 2016 Major League Baseball season. Her name is Tessie the Green Monster, and the story-line created by the Red Sox is that the character lives inside jetBlue Park in Gateway.
For those who are unfamiliar with Boston’s mascots, Tessie is actually the third member of the Green Monster family living at jetBlue, joining the parents of the team’s main mascot: Wally.
I probably don’t have to connect the dots for you, but just in case, the Wally and Tessie characters are brother and sister. It’s a growing trend among professional sports teams to have one male and one female mascot character.
The name Tessie was likely chosen for the mascot because it’s the name of a song that’s played at every Boston home game. According to Wikipedia: “Tessie” is both the longtime anthem of the Boston Red Sox and a 2004 song by the punk rock Dropkick Murphys. The original “Tessie” was from the 1902 Broadway musical The Silver Slipper. The newer song, written in 2004, recounts how the singing of the original “Tessie” by the Royal Rooters fan club helped the Boston Americans win the first World Series in 1903.
Tessie (the mascot) was first introduced in a video showing Wally taking a trip from Boston to Fort Myers to visit his parents, and when he arrived at jetBlue Park he was mysteriously hit by someone throwing baseballs at him. After a few moments, Wally discovered it was Tessie who was throwing the baseballs. The video goes on to show Wally and Tessie exploring the baseball park and a few other places. At one point, the pair spot a small gator inside a pond which sends Wally running for his life – while Tessie, a Florida native, isn’t phased at all.
Chris Bergstrom, who works in the Red Sox’s Fenway Enterprises division as the Mascot Program Manager, confirmed to the Sun that the new Tessie character will be at all spring training home games in 2016.
“Tessie is moving to Boston to live with her older brother,” said Bergstrom.
It won’t be Tessie’s first trip to Beantown, though, as the mascot costume has already been shipped up to Boston so that the Red Sox can formally introduce Tessie to their fans at the team’s Winter Weekend event from January 22-24, 2016 at Foxwoods Resort Casino.
Grapefruit League action begins for the Red Sox on March 2, 2016 as they host the Minnesota Twins at jetBlue Park. First pitch is at 1:05pm.
You can watch the video about Tessie produced by the Red Sox here: http://boston.redsox.mlb.com/bos/fan_forum/about_tessie.jsp