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Vince Vitrano: Not For Broadcast



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In the end it didn't work, but you have to hand it to the Cleveland Indians.

Even if you're not a sports fan, read on, because this is good stuff.

The Cleveland Indians lead the best of 7 ALCS 3-1 going into last night's game. Boston has their ace, Josh Becket, going to the mound. The guy has been un-hittable in his post season career. He can't be rattled, but C-Town sure tried.

Singing the national anthem last night before game 5 was none other than Becket's ex-girlfriend! He'd been dating country singer Danielle Peck, though apparently the two had broken up, and there she was singing to the delight of Cleveland fans. That is funny!

Imagine you're dude. Maybe you haven't seen her for a while. You're getting geared up for one of the biggest games of your life. Your team faces elimination. You're in a hostile environment. You're trying to get in the zone, and then you hear the public address guy, "Ladies and Gentlemen... performing tonight's national anthem...  YOUR EX-GIRLFRIEND!"

How did that conversation go when C-Town called Peck?

C-Town: Ms. Peck, we'd sure love to have you. Your ex is starting tomorrow night.

Peck: I'm in. Tell me when to be there.

C-Town: Well, we can get you on a flight and set you up with...

Peck: You had me at hello. I know where Cleveland is. Just tell me when you want me there.

Things didn't work out real well for Cleveland. Becket refused to be rattled. In fact, they may even have poked that bear. Becket, and Boston went on to a big win, and they take the series back to the East Coast.

Here's what Becket had to say about the ex-girlfriend singing the national anthem thing:

"I don't get paid to make those [F-word] decisions. She's a friend of mine. That doesn't bother me at all. Thanks for flying one of my friends to the game so she could watch it for free."

Nice, dude. Can't you laugh along? You got over. You won. And I don't care who you are, that's funny. Or at least if you're going to be a jerk about it be a little more creative. How about, "I'm over her... obviously. I've already had, I mean, met several nice women here in Cleveland."

Classic baseball too... the Indians won't admit they pulled this prank. It's just like when a team deliberately throws at a guy. No matter how obvious, a pitcher will never, never, never own up to it. "The ball just got away from me."

The Indians cried ignorance of the connection between Boston's starter and their choice for pre-game singer. Spokesman Bob DiBiasio, quoted on

"If we were that good, we would have invited Leann Tweeden to throw out the first pitch," said DiBiasio, in reference to another former Beckett girlfriend.

Come on, C-Town! Own it! You were hilarious, and devious, and you'll do anything within the rules to win. Good for you. What that should have read was:

"Yeah we called her. We're currently checking to see if any of the Colorado Rockies have paternity suits, outstanding child support payments, or any other ex-issues pending that we may exploit."

Haven't seen any comment from Peck, but I'm looking.

One final thing occurs to me in all this. Boston sports fans are now debating whether Becket will be ready on short rest to pitch game 7. What a contrast to our "ace" who's generally available to pitch once every 6 weeks. How much for Becket?



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