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Red October: Around the park

Marc Topkin
Published October 25, 2004

THOSE POLITICIANS: Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney is on a roll. He won his ALCS bet with New York counterpart George Pataki, who had to wear a Sox shirt during a photo opp Friday. Now Romney has made a similar bet with Missouri Gov. Bob Holden. "After devouring the Big Apple, Red Sox Nation is hungry for more," Romney said.

WALK THIS WAY: St. Louis' Larry Walker had four hits, including a home run, and made a thrilling catch in his first Series game. But that wasn't the best part of his night. "Actually, I was more excited about being a few steps away from Steven Tyler," Walker said of the Aerosmith front man. "That was really cool."

PARTY TIME: The Boston Globe people page columnists weren't impressed with the pre-Series gala. "Hard to believe, but word is Major League Baseball dropped $500,000 on Friday's swank World Series party at the JFK Library. The food and fireworks were fine, and the Dropkick Murphys did a passable version of Dirty Water , but otherwise it was ho-hum."

ROOM AT THE INN: One reason MLB insists on predetermining which league has homefield advantage, rather than base it on best record, is to ensure it can make the proper arrangements. Still, the Cardinals couldn't get enough rooms at any one downtown hotel and are staying in suburban Quincy, about 7 miles out of town.

NUMBERS GAME: Not all New England is haunted by 1918, the last year the Sox won the World Series. The Sullivan Tire chain is advertising a 1918 sale: $19.18 off each Goodyear tire.

STAR TURN: The Red Sox attract a fair amount of celebrities to Fenway, though we'd think most would make sure they had seats. Ben Affleck, according to the Boston Herald , showed up with girlfriend Jennifer Garner but without tickets. They ended up sitting in commissioner Bud Selig's box. ... Other well-known faces in the crowd were talk-show host Conan O'Brien, horror writer Stephen King and actors Jimmy Fallon, Ton Hanks and Seth Meyers.

PITCHING IN: Bobby Doerr, Dom DiMaggio and Johnny Pesky, members of Boston's 1946 World Series team, threw out the ceremonial first pitches.

BEST SIGN: Curt Is Worth Every Schilling.

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