Sports fans love to get their hands on a little piece of history. That’s why it’s a thrill to catch a foul ball at a game or get the autograph of a star player.
Now, two New England institutions, The Boston Red Sox and L.L. Bean, are teaming up to give Sox fans a chance to get a pair of boots laced with history.
The boots will not be sold in stores. 50 pairs of the tarp boots will be given away as part of a contest on the L.L. Bean Facebook page. Fans will be asked share their favorite memory of Fenway Park. Winners will be picked at random and notified on October 21st. The other 50 pairs of boots will be given away at colleges in the Boston area.
L.L. Bean produced the handcrafted tarp that protected the Fenway infield during 2012 season, which was the 100th anniversary season of Fenway Park. The contest is being announced the first week of October, to coincide with the Sox’s first playoff series of 2013. Plus, the boots will be made and distributed in time for winter. And New Englanders know the importance of good winter boots.
This is not the first time L.L. Bean used the material from the tarp in a product. Last month, the company sold out of limited edition tote bags that were made with pieces of the tarp.
L.L. Bean points to a rich history of the Red Sox as a big reason for this partnership. The Maine-based company’s founder, Leon Leonwood Bean (what a great name) was an avid Red Sox fan and a season ticket holder.
There are many benefits provided by a quality tarp or canopy. L.L. Bean is proving one of those benefits is quality winter footwear.