October 25, 2004


Kerry strikes out as Boston Red Sox leave him red-faced (NEDRA PICKLER, 10/25/04, AP)

SENATOR John Kerry’s efforts to portray himself as "just a regular American guy" suffered a blow this weekend when he comprehensively messed up the scoreline at a game featuring his beloved Boston Red Sox.

Twice on Sunday, the Democrat said he was basking in the glory of Boston’s 10-9 win on Saturday night. The problem was, the Red Sox won 11-9.

"Ten-nine, the Sox did fabulous," Mr Kerry said with a big smile as he ducked into church on Sunday morning in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. [...]

Mr Kerry’s spokesman, David Wade, said the senator got the score wrong because 10-9 was the last update he got during his late-night flight to Florida.

The problem is, the score never was 10-9. The Sox won on a two-run homer, meaning they went from nine runs to 11. [...]

However, the confusion struck again within hours of his team’s second game.

Landing in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, the Democratic candidate bounded off the plane wearing his Red Sox cap to exclaim:

"Seven-one Red Sox!"

The Red Sox were winning 6-1 at the time.

Posted by Orrin Judd at October 25, 2004 7:46 PM

Please, no more stories like that, it's painful to read.

Posted by: andy at October 25, 2004 8:31 PM

Sure the score was 10-9, after the baserunner scored but before Bellhorn did. And during those few seconds was when some flunky told the Senator the score. Geez, that was easy.

Posted by: brian at October 25, 2004 8:36 PM

"I said the score was 11-9 after I said it was 10-9."

Posted by: pj at October 25, 2004 9:13 PM

Hey, the guy is single-handedly negotiating with the UN Security Council to have them take over in Iraq, crafting his war plan, crafting his plan to bring back good, high-paying manufacturing jobs, running for president, designing a course of fetal stem cell therapy for his good friend Chris Reeve and searching for Osama, all while personally guarding components of non-existence Iraqi wmds. Under all that pressure, no one could keep their lies about watching baseball straight.

Posted by: David Cohen at October 25, 2004 9:55 PM

There's nothing wrong with not being a sports fan, so why does this goober feel a need to portray himself as one? It's like watching someone who has always been deaf trying to play the piano.

Posted by: Bart at October 25, 2004 10:02 PM

This goober stands a mighty good chance of being president.

It's frustrating, but if he does win (and I really, really wish I could serenely imagine he won't), the media will undoubtedly execute an about-face and focus mercilessly on his inconsistencies, clumsy folk empathy, and tangled, incoherent rambling.

Anything to beat Bush. . . .

Posted by: Twn at October 25, 2004 10:59 PM


Worse than messing up the scores is describing the performance of the team with this adjective. Nedra evidently doesn't realize it, but there is no "regular American guy" who has ever used this word in this context. The quote reeks of metrosexual.

Posted by: curt at October 26, 2004 12:24 AM

It's frustrating, but if he does win... the media will undoubtedly execute an about-face and focus mercilessly on his inconsistencies, clumsy folk empathy, and tangled, incoherent rambling.

Don't count on it. For eight years, a lot of people kept expecting the press to turn on Clinton at some point, and they never did,despite all the opportunities they were given by him and his administration. They may be J-school grads, but even they can figure out that hurting a Dem Admin only helps the opposition.

And unlike Clinton, he'll actaully be doing thing they want him to do, and furthering their agenda, no matter how incompetently they actually perform.. (Just look at where Dan "Kenny" Rather or Sandy "Pants" Berger are right now.)

Posted by: Raoul Ortega at October 26, 2004 1:55 AM

The odds of Kerry becoming President are about 20 - 1.

I'm sleeping soundly.

Posted by: Michael Herdegen at October 26, 2004 5:25 AM


The press can love a scoundrel, but not a buffoon.

Posted by: Twn at October 26, 2004 9:23 AM

Twn, they'll learn.

Posted by: Uncle Bill at October 26, 2004 10:05 AM

I'm still confused about Kerry's claim to have been at Game 6 at Shea back in 1986. Dinner in Boston (verified), and then baseball in New York? Without Teresa'a jet?

And, as many have pointed out, why claim to be at the scene of such a painful moment?

Posted by: jim hamlen at October 26, 2004 10:43 AM

Someone on ESPN Radio asked, if there's a Busch Stadium, is there a Kerry Stadium somewhere? I assume it's a soccer field in France.

Posted by: AC at October 26, 2004 1:01 PM