Game 4 features FOX flavor
Actors Garrett, Willard take in batting practice at Coors
DENVER -- As Brad Garrett walked along the third-base line at Coors Field with his 9-year-old son, Max, the veteran actor did not attempt to mask his excitement as he took in the scene while the Red Sox took batting practice prior to Game 4 of the World Series.
Garrett, a towering figure at 6-foot-8, understands why he was handed this privilege. He's promoting his FOX show, "Til Death," and because FOX broadcasts the World Series ... well, the math is simple. And the former star of "Everybody Loves Raymond" is more than happy to enjoy a bit of Hollywood nepotism.
"I came here to enjoy the World Series with FOX and my boy," Garrett said. "Good thing I'm on FOX and I get to do this. If I was on Animal Planet, I'd be in a zoo right now."
Although Garrett was impressed by the Rockies' frenetic rush of wins that catapulted the home team to the World Series, he's a Red Sox fan at heart. And, he apparently has a friendship with Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling, which has swayed his interest in Boston's favor that much more.
"I love the story on how the Rockies got here and everything like that," Garrett said. "I think it's awesome. But I just think Boston's really tough."
Garrett was invited to read the Rockies lineup on Fox, while Fred Willard, star of FOX's "Back to You," read the Red Sox lineup. Willard is a native of Cleveland, Ohio, so he was hoping to visit Coors Field as a fan of the visiting Indians. However, the void didn't diminish his excitement as he mingled with reporters and fans while Boston took batting practice.
"My fantasy was to go back to Cleveland to announce the lineup, and have the great Bob Feller standing there with me," Willard said. "That was not to be. I'd like the Rockies to win one for these fans, but I think the Red Sox are unbeatable."
Willard fit in with the pregame crowd, and he figured out the magical formula for sneaking behind the batting cages -- an area that is usually off limits to non-uniformed personnel during the playoffs.
"If you have a [credential] around your neck, you want to go up and stand behind the cage, don't look around and say, 'Is this OK?'" he said. "Walk right up like you belong there, look in, say hi to someone even if there's no one there. Don't say 'Should I?' Just go and do it."
Coors Field was again packed for Game 4 of the World Series as a sellout crowd enjoyed much milder temperatures than they encountered in the opener on Saturday.
Multi-platinum, multi-Grammy-winning country singer/songwriter Trisha Yearwood performed the national anthem, continuing the country music theme started by Carrie Underwood, who sang the Star Spangled Banner prior to Game 3. Yearwood is married to country music legend and renowned baseball fan Garth Brooks.
Twenty-five Colorado State Troopers presented the American flag on the field for the national anthem. The Rockies honored two troopers in particular -- Zachariah Templeton and Scott Hinshaw, along with Templeton's brother, Levi.
Templeton and Hinshaw were assisting a motorist in the center median of I-76 on Oct. 11, 2007 when they were struck by another vehicle. Hinshaw sustained serious injuries in the accident, while Templeton, 27, died the following day from his injuries. Levi Templeton threw out the first pitch in honor of his brother.
Country music sensation Lonestar, which has had nine No. 1 singles on the Billboard Hot Country chart, was slated to perform God Bless America during the seventh inning stretch.
Alyson Footer is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.