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2003-Aug-06: Behind Home Plate at the Yankees Game

(Updated August 9) Sir Paul was spotted in the VIP seat behind home plate at the New York Yankee's baseball game this evening. When Beatles fan, Hideki Matsui, comes up to bat, the Yankee Stadium music director usually plays a Beatles tune. This evening was no exception, only this time, when Hideki Matsui came to the plate for the first time in the game during the second inning, the video board showed Sir Paul making a thumbs-up gesture to the crowd to the tune of Can't Buy Me Love (or Day Tripper as another newspaper reported). Either way, it wasn't a good night for the Yankees. They were beaten by the Texas Rangers 5-4.

Texas Rangers' manager (and former Yankee's manager) Buck Showalte, later admitted that Sir Paul's appearance at the ballgame was a thrill for him. "That was a big night for me", he told the New York Times. As a boy, he idolized the Beatles and used to pretend to be a member of the band using his tennis racket as a guitar. Now, at 47 years old, he recalls:

"That was one of the biggest fights I had with my dad. Can't you see me with the tennis racket? I remember going to the barber shop and having my father tell them to cut more off. Anyone my age wanted to be just like them."
Since Sir Paul arrived after the game had stared, Mr. Showalte did not attempt to try to meet Sir Paul. He had to focus on managing the ballgame. However, he'll never forget watching Sir Paul as he bobbed his head to the beat of Y.M.C.A. when it was played over the Yankee's public-address system.

(kindly submitted by PLUGGED correspondent Joan M. Hopkins)


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