Stars-crossed antics at the Series
By Gayle Fee and Laura Raposa | Sunday, October 28, 2007
DENVER - Major League Baseball’s roster of celebrities for the 2007 World Series is causing Major League headaches!
First there’s MLB poster boy Dane Cook - he of the ubiquitous “There’s only one October!” TV ads. Dane has yet to show his face at any of the Fall Classic games. He was due to be in the house for Game 1, but sent his brother instead.
Dane, who was on the Left Coast promoting his new flick, “Dan In Real Life,” didn’t make it to Game 2 at Fenway either, even though he again had tickets on the first-base line. And it’s unlikely he’ll show in Denver for Games 3, 4, or 5, we’re told.
“Maybe he thinks it’s November,” joked one MLB wag.
Then there’s Carrie Underwood, last night’s anthem talent. The former “American Idol,” who belted out the oh-say-can-you-sees at Coors Field, has been a PETA poster gal and two-time World’s Sexiest Vegetarian.
Sadly, the owners of the Colorado Rockies, Dick and Charlie Monfort, are meat packers! The duo’s granddaddy Warren Monfort and dad, Ken, started one of the largest beef empires in the world then sold it to Swift. Carrie is a member of the Humane Society, which is no fan of rodeo, hunting or packing plants - in other words Colorado’s meat and potatoes!
Rockies officials said they were not consulted about the anthem talent.
“Major League Baseball told us who the singers would be,” Rockies spokesguy Jay Alves told the Rocky Mountain News.
Of course, Fox is televising the World Series and is supplying some of the celebs.Besides Underwood, fellow “American Idol” Taylor Hicks has been tapped to do the Star Spangled honors for Game 5. (Trish Yearwood has the microphone tonight along with Lonestar, which will do “God Bless America.”)
“Carrie Underwood was invited to sing the national anthem based solely on her vocal accomplishments, including being a two-time Grammy Award Winner and the best-selling female country artist from 2005-2007,” Major League Baseball said in a statement.
Which brings us to Neil Diamond. The Red Sox [team stats] have repeatedly tried to lure the cranky over-the-hill crooner to Fenway to serenade The Faithful with middle-of-the-eighth-inning standby “Sweet Caroline.”
The Sox suits have made their pitch a number of times over the years. But even when Neil was in town to play the Garden (then FleetCenter) in 2005, he wouldn’t make the trip across town to sing at Fenway.
So what can Diamond possibly have against the Sox, who have given new life to his tired old ditty by playing it at every home game??? You would think he would think that was so good, so good, so good!
“I don’t think he’s exactly refused, he just hasn’t done it yet,” said Sox dog-and-pony show wrangler Dr. Charles Steinberg, who, we hear may have a shot again if the Series goes back to Fenway.
The team’s special events staff thought they had a good chance at some Sweet Neil Diamond action for Game 1 at Fenway. Team owner Tom Werner had his cell phone in his hand all afternoon awaiting word from the singer’s peeps. But when it finally came, it was the usual thanks-but-no-thanks. And despite what you may have read in the Boring Broadsheet, Diamond was NOT at the old ballyard for either of the first two games.
“If he were here,” Steinberg said, “we would have MADE him sing!”
Which would have been Sweet victory ...
Playing our songs
And speaking of music, Denver may not be ready to concede the Series to the Sox, but the Mile High City has admitted that Boston rocks!
“The Sox rock harder than the Rox,” notes the Rocky Mountain News.
After the Rockies’ home games, the music gurus at Coors Field blast out Joe Walsh’s “Rocky Mountain Way,” which, the paper notes, was a hit in 1973, before Denver even had a Major League team.
The Sox, of course, have a trio of victory tunes - “Dirty Water” by the Standells, “Tessie” by the Dropkick Murphys and “Joy to the World” by Three Dog Night. Advantage: Boston!
But the Rockies do let their players pick their own personal anthems that play when they get up to bat. Slugger Matt Holliday uses Scott Stapp’s “You Will Soar,” centerfielder Ryan Spilborghs likes Gwen Stefani’s “Sweet Escape” and rightfielder Brad Hawpe goes for Nickelback’s “Rockstar.” But Todd Helton ironically chose Boston band Aerosmith for his theme song. Todd likes “Back In The Saddle.”
Gone Papi Gone
UberSox fan Ben Affleck, in Europe promoting his flick “Gone Baby Gone,” has been checking into hotels under an assumed name - David Ortiz!
“Dammit,” laughed Ben’s publicist Ken Sunshine, who we reached in Paris, “you got us. Now Ben’s going to have to go back using the name Matt Damon.”
Speaking of Ben, the director arranged to have Game 3 of the World Series beamed into his haute hotel room at 2:30 this morning!
Affleck also had a few choice words on the subject of loyalty for White House wannabe Rudy Giuliani, who is catching heat in the Big Apple for supporting the Sox in the Series.
“I would rather say the line, ‘I worship you, Satan,’ than say my favorite baseball team is the Yankees,” the “Gone Baby Gone” director tells Movies.com. “I got family in Boston . . .They don’t take this stuff lightly.” :rofl
A Rockies start
The Rockies threw a swish World Series soiree at the Colorado Convention Center on Friday night to welcome the Red Sox to town and fete their sponsors, MLB officials and VIPs.
Team owners Charlie and Dick Monfort were in the house along with minority partner Linda Alvarado, a posse of local city and state pols, and various and sundry members of the Coors beer clan.
The Red Sox turnout was slight - we spied radio play-by-play guy Glenn Geffner, Fenway Sports Group’s Chuck Steedman, marketing man Joe Januszewski and former Red Sox media guru Peter Chase, who now runs the spin show for the Chicago Cubs.
But that is because Sox czars John Henry, Tom Werner and Larry Lucchino and their posse didn’t arrive until yesterday. The Big Three chartered a jet to the Rocky Mountains and brought every member of the Red Sox front office along for the ride - a nice little perk!
So, how was the flight, John?
“Having a 2-0 lead makes for a very nice flight,” the Sox owner replied.
At the gala, the purple-and-black bedecked fans were in a festive mood after being plied with lots of free booze, lobster mac and cheese, filet mignon burritos and solid chocolate baseball caps --even though their team was down 2-0 at the time. A John Denver cover band provided the entertainment. Natch.
“Now that we’re back home, the Rockies are looking to show the rest of the country how well they play,” said Rockies director of Development and Administration Dick Moore. “That first game in Boston, that was not typical Rockies.”
No, more like the Rockies’ wives. . . .