Saturday, December 02, 2006

I was at the Great Fenway Park Writers Series dinner last night. It was the first evening event in the Series, and was a bit more formal than the lunch time gatherings I have attended in the past. Instead of the usual buffet, dinner was served to us by the wait staff in the Crown Royal Club.

Christine Brennan of USA Today was the featured writer for the evening. She spoke about her new book, Best Seat in the House, which is a memoir of her relationship with her father through sports. It's very reminiscent of Doris Kearns Goodwin's Wait Til Next Year.

In fact, the evening hour led to there being a few celebrities in the audience, including the aforementioned Ms. Goodwin and Congressman Marty Meehan. Sox CEO Larry Lucchino was there as well, spoke to the crowd and answered a few questions. He talked about his current relationship with Theo ("a harmonious working relationship" "Better than last year at this time") and his trip to Japan and the Matsuzaka signing (he said the Sox were sincerely attempting to get a deal done, but it "takes two to tango"). One of my tablemates asked him about letting Alex Gonzalez go and if they were really serious about signing Julio Lugo. He gave the party line about not falling in love with your veterans regarding A-Gon, and didn't say anything about Lugo.

All in all, it was a fun evening. I really enjoy the Writers Series and I'm looking forward to attending more events.


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