BOSTON Anthony Perkins battles mental illness as Red Sox outfielder Jimmy Piersall in Fear Strikes Out (1957).
ST. LOUIS Ronald Reagan (with Doris Day) portrays pitcher Grover Cleveland Alexander in The Winning Team (1952).
Preferred Watering Hole
BOSTON Cask 'n Flagon, behind the Green Monster. (Home runs that go over the wall sometimes land on the roof.) Owner Dana Van Fleet estimates that the bar has been drawing 1,500--2,000 customers on game nights (up from 100--200 on a normal night) and going through 300 cases of beer a night. The bar is also packed for away games. "This will be our biggest year," Van Fleet says.
ST. LOUIS Paddy O's, by Busch Stadium. Including its outdoor area, the bar, which is open only during Cardinals games, takes up an entire street. Before games, fans can get their hair and face painted Cardinal red for free. When told of the Cask 'n Flagon's 300-case-per-night estimate, owner Veda Martorelli (who's originally from Boston) says, "I probably double or triple that."
BOSTON Manny Ramirez's back-to-back errors in the eighth inning of Game 1, as documented on the Red Sox fan message board sonsofsamhorn.com:
exCentralSquare: Manny Ramirez: worst fielder in the league. The media is right.
ossie schreckengost: ave maria, gratia plena....
MikeGreenwell: Was there really any question Manny was going to bobble that ball? Sad to say I think that lots of people saw that one coming.