Red Sox Merchandising Has Gone a Little Far

Photo Courtesy Blast Magazine and Monster

As a self-professed audiophile living in Boston, I notice what kind of headphones you’re wearing. And I may judge you a little bit, based on that. I’m sorry. I’m sure you’re a wonderful person, but your white, default, iPod earbuds make me sad.

That being said, I love DJ style, over the ear, headphones. Love. LoveLoveLove. They make you look like a huge geek, but I know you’re listening in style (and I’m geeking right there with you). I respect that. I also respect Dr. Dre, and Monster, and the Beats, which I’m sure you have seen. They’re sleek and they’re black and red, with little b’s on the side. They sound amazing, for those of you who haven’t had the opportunity to play with them, and they seem to be everywhere on campus. They are also expensive, running at about $350 suggested retail.

Why would you want to pay even more for these?  By adding a fancy-pants Red Sox logo! Of course!

Boston, I understand your obsession with your franchise; I live down the street from Fenway. You are loud, you are proud, you swear a lot whenever the Yankees win. But really? Why would you do this to a pair of already expensive headphones? I admit, they look pretty, but does making them red, blue, and sox-tastic really improve your listening experience?  And wouldn’t they make you a target anywhere but in Red Sox territory? You are paying an additional $50 to look like a tool to anyone who doesn’t share your love. In New York, they may even boo you in the streets!

I don’t really see the point of these, besides the obvious catering to the die-hard crowd. And hey, maybe there is a market for huge Red Sox fans who are also huge music nerds (and admittedly, I don’t care much for baseball) but this boggles my mind.

Would you spend another $50 to buy these things? Maybe with your team of choice?

About Nicole Cousins

Nicole Cousins is the Photo Editor for the Quad. She also occasionally writes for Technology. She enjoys video games, sneakers, and the color green.

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