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Monday, October 25, 2004


ERROR: KERRY WAS NOT AT 1986 WORLD SERIES GAME 6  

The Galvin Opinion thinks it looks like Kerry scuffed the truth, again


-Kerry now claims he attended Boston political dinner in "early evening"

-Claims he took shuttle flight to New York

-Game 6 started at 8:30 p.m.

-But, the last shuttle flight leaves Boston for NY at 8:30








ESPN.com: Kerry camp claims he was at Boston dinner and Game 6 in NY, on same night

John Kerry claims that he was at the famous Game 6 of the 1986 World Series between the New York Mets and the Boston Red Sox. That game ended in memorable fashion when Boston's Bill Buckner allowed a ball to roll through his legs enabling the Mets to win the game in amazing fashion. Kerry stated in an interview with ESPN.com that he was at the game in New York's Shea Stadium.

6. We've got to ask you some Red Sox questions. Do you believe in the curse?

Do I believe in it? No, but it certainly makes a powerful argument from time to time. I mean, I don't believe in curses, but I do think that we've been under a cloud here and there. I was 30 yards away from Billy Buckner in that famous Shea Stadium game in '86. So I've been there in the heartbreaks. And I was screaming at the television set when Grady did not pull Pedro out.


Thanks to bloggers like Football Fans for Truth, it turns out that Kerry did not spend his entire evening in New York. Bloggers have discovered a Boston Globe article that placed Kerry at a political dinner the very night of the game, Saturday October 25, 1986 - in Boston.

N.M. GOVERNOR DETAILS HIS STATE'S SUCCESS STORY
Published on October 26, 1986
Author(s): Peter J. Howe, Globe Staff
"New Mexico's governor, who holds the highest elected post of any Hispanic nationwide, and the head of the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination were given awards for political excellence last night by the Massachusetts Latino Democratic Committee.

More than 250 people -- including Gov. Dukakis, US Sen. John Kerry and an array of state Cabinet members -- attended the banquet at the World Trade Center in South Boston honoring Gov. Toney Anaya and Alex Rodriguez."


Now the Kerry campaign is claiming to ESPN.com that Kerry attended both the game and the dinner.

Despite doubts by watchdog groups about the logistics of being at two events at the same time, Sen. John Kerry did attend both a political banquet in Boston and Game 6 of the 1986 World Series in New York on the same night 18 years ago, according to the Democratic presidential candidate's senior campaign advisor.
[...]
"Sen. Kerry attended a public event in [Massachusetts] in the early evening and hopped a shuttle flight from Boston to NYC. [Kerry] got to Shea with the game in progress," Michael Meehan, Kerry's senior campaign advisor, wrote to ESPN.com in an e-mail. "Remember the Sox were up 3-2 so all of Red Sox Nation was planning for a Series win."


It is highly unlikely that Kerry attended both a political dinner in Boston and the World Series game in New York on the same night. According to Baseball-Almanac.com the game (remember, an extra-inning affair) lasted 4:02 hours. According to a first-person account by a fan, Bill Lehecka, who attended the game, Game 6 started at 8:30 p.m. That means the 10 inning game ended at around 12:32 a.m.

Kerry claims he took a shuttle flight from Boston to New York. I believe (this is where I'm iffy so I hope someone can point out if I'm wrong here) that the Delta Shuttle was the only operating shuttle during the mid 1980's. I'm also unsure if Delta offered more Saturday flights back then, but I doubt it. Examining Delta Shuttle's current schedule for Saturday night flights, one notices that the last shuttle flight from Boston to New York leaves at 8:30 p.m.

As for that political dinner, why would it occur during the "early evening" on a Saturday night? Assume that the dinner was early and that Kerry left Boston's World Trade Center for the airport. Remember, in 1986 he was not yet married to Teresa Heinz and her billions. He couldn't get a helicopter to zip him around, he had to deal with Boston traffic. This was before the Ted Williams Tunnel was built.



Kerry would, presumably, had to have left the dinner no later than 7:30 to fight through Boston traffic and make it to the shuttle, on time. A flight from Boston to New York take about 1:15. Assume that Kerry's flight left on time, landed on time and he had to fight through normal New York traffic to get to Shea Stadium. Therefore, one has to assume that John Kerry settled into his Shea Stadium seat at 10:30 p.m., a full 2 hours after the game started!

Remember, the game went into extra-innings. The Red Sox scored 2 runs in the top of the 10th and the Mets scored 3 runs in the bottom of the inning. The extra frame probably added at least 30 minutes to the length of the game. The lasted 4:02. There was no way of knowing, when boarding the plane, whether the game would be a short pitcher's duel or a long tension-filled affair.

Possible John Kerry timeline on Saturday October 25, 1986
5:00 Attend "early" political dinner
7:30 Leave Boston World Trade Center for Logan Airport
8:30 Shuttle flight departs for New York
8:30 Game 6 between Mets and Red Sox begins
9:45 Shuttle flight arrives in New York
10:30 Kerry arrives at Shea Stadium seat, 30 yards away from 1st base
12:00 Game goes into extra innings around this time
12:32 Mookie Wilson's hit goes through Bill Buckner's legs


Is it possible that Kerry attended an "early" dinner and then flew to New York for the baseball game? Yes. Is it likely that this happened? No way, the key is how early did the dinner actually take place.

If anyone could refute any of the information please do - I'm especially interested in the shuttle flight information (i.e., schedule and airlines).


Update, check out the following for more info: Football Fans for Truth, Kerry Haters, Bad Hair Blog, Rob Bernard, NZ Pundit, PrestoPundit, Just One Minute, Baseball Crank, Ace of Spades, Aaron's Rantblog, and Ipse Dixit.


Another Update: More Opinions on the latest explanation given to ESPN, Approximately Perfect, CamEdwards, Brothers Judd, Just One Minute, and Ace of Spades.


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