If you live in Nashua NH (Like our Lead Designer Scott). Then you may be wondering, WTF is this tractor doing in Holman Stadium!
Well Nashua, I’ve got something to tell you. You’ve just been Duqued!!!
“Duqued” Of course stemming from the former RedSox manager Dan Duquette. Who was fired from the Sox, and is now not only the General manager of the Southern NH American Defenders. He is also one of the 4 owners. The group of owners calls them selves…wait for it… The Boston Baseball All-Stars! My question is who was in charge of the branding??
“Ladies and gentlemen, the Boston Baseball All-Stars present to you your new Southern New Hampshire American Defenders!” The Nashua Pride must have been too small time for The Duque.
Do you think they served ‘American All-Star North South French Fries’ to all the children who wore red white and blue to the games? Personally I think the tractor is a perfect fit to the American Awesome theme they had going. Too bad it stands for just plain old justice (past due bill justice that is). The tractor is there the disallow the Defenders from completing their Can-Am League season
As it turns out, the team(or The Duque) owes the city of Nashua $45,000 in rent and back taxes. It’s kind of hard to believe no one wanted to sponsor a team with a post 911 name, playing in a post Bush Administration time. You would think they would at least put Nashua in the name somewhere(Nashua Pride), that way local business’s could advertise on a team that shares the city name.
The Duque was quoted saying:
“Without sponsor support and decreasing fan attendance to games, bills will go unpaid. It is a shame that more residents did not take advantage of the baseball and concerts that were held at Holman Stadium this summer. The problems the team is facing are very unfortunate. I had high hopes for what the ownership was bringing to our area. The lack of sponsor support is the key to the team’s difficulties. Toyota of Nashua, Bellavance Beverage and ArcLight Design were the backbone to this season’s team, but more sponsors like them were needed. Without the sponsors, there is no team. Very unfortunate for southern New Hampshire.”
That quote proved that Duquette is still incapable of taking responsibility for ANYTHING. I heard that Duquette meant “classy” in Latin. And there is absolutely no way I did not make that up. So by all means Dan, stay classy!
As for the other former Sox players Brian Daubach, and Rich Garces(El Guapo). Manager and pitcher for the Defenders respectively. The staff here at AFTM wish you the best, and hope to see you at a bar in Nashua(Your still buying).
Brian had this to say for the Nashua Telegraph:
“I’m sure it’s going to be disappointing for the city of Nashua, too,” he said. “It’s had baseball for a long time. I’ve really enjoyed my time here. Like I told you last year when I got here, it’s so much different than Boston. It’s more like, for me, being back home. It’s more like a Midwest town. I’ve gotten to know a lot of people in the community and I really enjoy it here. I’ve been treated good, I think, and it’s a place I would have like to have stayed. Especially with doing some stuff down in Boston and being close there, doing the media stuff (he has appeared on NESN and WEEI) down there. That’s what really brought me here, and would keep me here. It doesn’t look good for that.”
The rest of that interview is here.