Cheering with everyone else in the ballpark was best-selling author Stephen King.
Maine's famous son and the author of dozens of works of fiction -- and at least one well-known work of non-fiction, "Faithful: Two Boston Red Sox Fans Chronicle the Historic 2004 Season" -- wore a Boston hat and a salmon-colored T-shirt with a simple message on the back: "I support two teams. Boston and whoever beats New York."
So it went without saying before Friday's late start which team had King's early support.
"It's great," said King, while taking a break from his second-row field-box seat, which had a private TV monitor embedded in the barricade. "It's great, as long as the Indians, you know, win."
Before he had a chance to watch the Yankees-Indians game at Fenway, he watched Game 1 of that ALDS on Thursday night. The Indians pummeled Yankees starter Chien-Ming Wang, going on to win, 12-3.
"Loved it," King said. "Loved it."
"How's Daisuke [Matsuzaka] going to be tonight?" he added, changing the subject to more pressing matters.
King was asked what he thought of the 2007 Red Sox.
"I think they're really strong," King said. "[They have] good pitching, good hitting, peaking at the right time."
As for the other team King was supporting on Friday? The live Yankees-Indians feed went dark during the national anthem at Fenway, and it never came back on. As of Matsuzaka's first pitch, King's personal monitor had switched to Red Sox-Angels.
The Indians beat the Yankees, 2-1, in 11 innings to take a 2-0 series advantage.
Alex McPhillips is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.Less