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World Series? What?
So, I drove into Fenway Park today to pick up my
last paycheck of the season. As I pull down Yawkey Way, I see lots of police
and police cars. Normally, I turn right onto Van Ness to park, but that way is
blocked. I continue down Yawkey where there are lots of trucks parked. I look
at them and notice that they are film trucks. Hmmmm, wonder what they are
filming here. Anyway, I continue around the block and come back to Yawkey and
take a left and park right on the corner.
I get out of the vehicle and walk towards the media entrance at Gate D on Yawkey Way, thinking I can’t walk down Van Ness. However, I’m told I have to enter in the triangle past Gate B, as usual. Okay, so I end up walking past the police blockade and head down past the movie camera that is set up in the street. Didn’t notice anything special except a crowd of people in the parking lot behind the Howard Johnson’s there. I do notice, as I continue down the street, that two of the door are open to Fenway. One of the doors is where the ambulance is usually parked during games, next to the first aid station. The other door is the door right after that. That one is usually NEVER open before / during games, only after.
I walk into the Fenway. I actually love being able to head into the ballpark even when there is not even a game or other event going on. What World Series? Anyway, I go into the ballpark, pick up my check, and then head up to the big concourse in RF. I see a couple of painter painting the railing heading up the handicap ramp into the bleachers behind the visitor’s bullpen. I walk up the ramp next to it that leads to section 1 in the RF grandstand. I look across the field, and see that all of the blue seats in the grandstand of sections 31, 32, and 33 have been ripped out. You can only see the concrete there. Looks like they are replacing the grandstand seats. In the grandstand seats behind home plate there is a group of people sitting. Looks like it is a tour group. Here’s an empty Fenway from 2 weeks ago:
Anyway, time to leave. I head back out the way I came. Head back down Van Ness street to head to my vehicle. There are some people milling about, with ear pieces. Are they part of the film crew? Not sure, but there still isn’t any noticeable action happening. I still see the camera set up though. As I continue down the street, I see a cop is walking towards me. I reach him and he says, “Hi, how you doing?” I reply, “Good and you?” as I focus on him and notice it that he is not any ordinary cop, but:
Yes, that is Ben Affleck. He actually had a bit more facial growth than the above photo. However, I was not expecting to see him there. Plus, with him being from the area (and being a famous, superstar, Hollywood type) I was surprised he even greeted me friendly as we walked by each other. Folks from the North East (NY, New England, etc) aren’t really known for being all that friendly. I try to be, but take a walk around Boston, and you’ll noticed 95% of people just either walk with their head down or just plain ignore others. But I digress.
Ben is in town (no pun intended) shooting a movie (he is directing as well as starring) titled “The Town.” This movie also stars Jon Hamm (aka Don Draper of Mad Men (a great show)) (didn’t you love the double parenthesis there?), Chris Cooper, and Blake Lively (apparently my younger readers will know her.)
Anyway, I continue walking down the street thinking, “That was pretty cool!” I continue past the camera and stop near the group of people who are behind the fence in the Howard Johnson parking lot. As I stand there, I see a police cruiser come driving down the street with it’s lights on. It goes past the camera and comes to a stop past where I am standing. Then I see Ben Affleck come out one of the 2 open doors of Fenway, gun in hand. He runs across the street and into the parking lot, and looks like he disappears behind one of the buildings. A few minutes later I see him walking towards the group of people, and goes under a little canopy thing. Apparently he is looking at the scene they just shot. Meanwhile, the cruiser is reversing back up the street. After a few minutes, he heads back where he came from and they do it again. Cruiser comes down the road, Ben runs across the street. They rinse and repeat one or two more times. As they are doing this, I notice Jon Hamm is sitting over where the group of people are. I pulled out my cell phone and snapped this picture:
That’s Jon Hamm on the left. He’s just killing his time on his phone, probably tweeting or facebooking it while waiting for his turn to shoot. After I took that picture, some chick asked me to move further down the street (about 2 feet) past the entrance to that parking lot. Oh well. A little later, they cleared the whole street as they turned the camera around to shoot another scene. I watched a bit on Yawkey Way. I saw a bunch of background actors (probably extras?) in action at the intersection of Van Ness and Yawkey. It may be possible that my vehicle will be in the scene as I was parked in the view of the camera. I will check when the movie comes out and somehow post screen shots of it if it happens. Haha.
Anyway, that was some excitement for me today. Aside from having a famous author reading and posting on my blog once in a while, and having another famous author buy some cotton candy one time from me and a sports bar another time from me, and shaking the hand of the WWF Champion when I was in 7th grade, this was my closest to rubbing elbows with a famous person. Haha. I was hoping that I would bump into Jennifer Garner, so I could set up a play date with my kids and her kids. However, it was not meant to be today. Oh well, it was a cool day none the less.
I just received my current issue of
Baseball Sports Weekly this morning in the mail. On the cover was our boy Kevin Youkilis with the big cover story being the 2009 Baseball Season Preview focusing on the “Beasts of the East”: Red Sox, Rays, and Yankees.
However, that is not what has me jealous. Inside the newspaper (I can’t call it a magazine when it is printed on news paper) there is a page dedicated to each of the new ballparks opening this season: CitiDebt Field and the “new” Yankee Stadium. Oh, how I crave for a new ball park in Boston as I pointed out to Julia in her recent posting about Fenway Park.
These new ballparks look beautiful. The Mets new park has the spacious and retro Jackie Robinson Rotunda, which looks incredible. There is a review of the new ballpark over at Zack Hample’s blog. He is a bit over critical in my opinion, but he has some nice pictures of the new ballpark and I think it looks great.
The photo along with the “new” Yankee Stadium is an aerial shot of the stadium. I have seen a few pictures of the innards on various blogs here that I can’t remember, and this place looks great as well. The capacity of this new stadium is smaller than at “old” Yankee Stadium at 52,325. The batters will be happy as well, as 20 feet of foul territory has been eliminated behind home plate thus bringing the fans closer to the action.
I can’t wait to watch a game (on TV) with both of these stadiums. Although Fenway Park is the only place I’ve watched a game in person, I don’t understand why people wouldn’t want a new ballpark. From Camden Yards to Jacob Fields to PNC Park to AT&T Park. There are beautiful, comfortable, new parks to create new history in. The ship has long sailed out of port here in Boston, but someday I can’t wait to go to these new ballparks.
As I keep looking at the clock and calender waiting for it to be April 6th, 2009, I’ve been keeping myself busy (besides with fantasy baseball drafts) by watching Jeopardy. I love the modern invention of the DVR (VCR’s are historical though, maybe I shouldn’t have gotten rid of that) as it allows me to
tape record every new episode of Jeopardy. It is funny, as I just read that Jane’s husband is a big fan (apparently she isn’t as she was pleading for Joba’s community service punishment be to watch Jeopardy’s with her husband) of the show.
Anyway, I love this show. My wife doesn’t even get THAT mad at me when I keep blurting out the correct
answers questions. The other night I was watching an episode from February (I am a bit behind, but I believe I am in March now) where the Final Jeopardy category was Baseball Team Names (or something like that) and the clue was:
“This is the only team whose city name and nick name begin with the same four letters.”
That was a pretty simple final jeopardy clue. However, I will leave it unanswered for my loyal readers to try and guess.
Ironically, in some of the past few episodes I’ve watched, the person leading into final jeopardy has done there wager where if they got it correct, they would win by a dollar. However, they got the final jeopardy clue incorrect, and lost money. Thus, in the end the ended up losing by a dollar. That, to me, is JUSTICE.
Well, only 5 days to go.
P.S. Anybody else experience a slower than normal internet? Especially here at mlblogs? The wrath of Conficker.c?
I have to say that I am not a big reader. In fact, I’ve probably read no more than 10 books in the past 15 years or longer. I’m not sure the reason. I like to read the newspaper, sports articles, and blogs, but when it comes to books…well I just don’t know. Maybe it can be traced back to high school English class when you are forced to read things like The Canterbury Tales, The Scarlett Letter, The Great Gatsby, or works of Shakespeare. Maybe that is what soured me on reading.
However, if I had to start the Red Sox Rambler’s Book Club (believe me, it is no Oprah’s Book Club) here are some of the books that would make my list:
There are a few more on the that I’ve read in this time frame. All the books of The Chronicles of Narnia, the other two books (Digital Fortress and Deception Point) of Dan Brown, and The Last Templar are all that I can think of at the moment. Interestingly, thought, I don’t seem to recall a baseball book that I’ve read recently. Hmmmm, my brain must not be working correctly, as I could have sworn I’ve read a Red Sox book in the past few years. Definitely not that stupid “curse” book. Oh well.
EDIT: How could I forget about Moneyball. That was a great book indeed.
Anyway, here are the books on “To Read” list:
Of course, we will start it off with a baseball (actually, most of them will be) book. In this week’s SI (you know the one with THAT player on the cover with an article written by THAT “tabloid” reporter, plus this may be the only blog not about THAT player today), there is an excerpt from the book. I couldn’t put down the magazine until I finished the excerpt. Quite the insight into not only just the life of a minor leaguer, not just the life of a low round minor leaguer, but the life of a low round, Ivy league graduating minor leaguer. I’m looking forward to this one.
The book that movie Field of Dreams was based on. This book has actually been one I have wanted for a long time, but keep forgetting to put it on my Christmas wish list. I’ll have to remember to do that this year for sure. Or, if someone from my family is reading. All of these are quite the gift ideas.
Actually, this is not the book I do want. I am very much anticipating Dan Brown’s next book The Solomon Key. Nobody know when it is being released, supposedly it should be fairly soon. Hopefully, before or close to the end of the year. Anyway, since the book has not been released yet, there is no book cover, so this picture will have to do.
Finally, the last book on my list, and a book that needs no introduction…………..
Even though I am a Red Sox fan, this should be a very enjoyable and fun read. If it has any of the style of her blogs, I know I will enjoy it.
Finally, there seems to be quite a few bloggers who also frequent Facebook, including myself. I came accross this humerous video on Youtube that anybody who is an addictive Facebooker will find quite funny as well.