Talkin' baseball and diplomacy

Power: My mother and my natural father split up, and there was no divorce in Ireland. And so she came with an Irish guy who has been my stepfather since 1979, and he had been here and he explained to her that baseball was the currency and baseball was Americana. So our second day, she took us and we were way up in the gods. And I look down and we had been told in Irish school that grass was only really green in Ireland. And I looked up and we were so far away and I saw the artificial turf and it was so much greener than even Irish grass, but in that kind of bright artificial way. So I was like, "What's going on here? How can Pittsburgh have greener grass than in the heart of Ireland?" But I fell completely in love. Within weeks I was chewing Big League Chew and spitting it out as if it was tobacco.

Kissinger: From the bleachers at Yankee Stadium, you couldn't see much. You couldn't. It was about 500 feet away from home plate. You could see Joe DiMaggio, you could see the outfield, but you couldn't see the pitches.

Power: I find the bleachers -- you don't see anything like the fancy seats we're lucky enough to have from time to time -- but at Fenway, I'll do the bleachers partly because the walls have come in so much. Now they built seats on top of the Green Monster.

Kissinger: I think Fenway Park is a terrific park.

Power: It's spectacular; I'll take you there.

Kissinger: Some friends take me there on Opening Day.

Power: You've done it before?

Kissinger: I've done it twice. I went to a World Series game in Fenway Park wearing a Yankees jacket, and that was life-threatening. It's life-threatening. They were not gentlemanlike.

Power: Listen. I've been spit on in this stadium for wearing Red Sox attire. It's only you and your Yankees jacket that's going to be protecting me this evening. And not sitting in the bleachers probably helps, too.

Kissinger: [Laughs] It depends on how you behave. How loudly you carry on.

Power: One of my lowest moments was 11 years ago, I was in Yankee Stadium for the seventh game of the ALCS when Grady Little kept Pedro Martinez in the game too long and -- and the bloop single and hit after hit -- and everyone in Yankee Stadium took their keys, because we hadn't won in 85 years, they took their keys out and they did this with their fingers [she rubs her fingers together] as if "Curse, curse" and you could feel it unravel. And I was the enemy within just like you in Fenway. And just one [hit] after the other after the other. Then, [Tim] Wakefield, who'd had this incredible series, the only person who'd been able to able to hold the Yankees batters back, was brought in in relief, and then in the 10th or 11th, Aaron Boone came up.

Kissinger: And never played for the Yankees again.

Power: Hurt himself right in the offseason. As soon as the ball left the bat, and the fact it was Wakefield was so unjust because he'd been unhittable, as soon as it left the bat I went running out of the stadium so I wouldn't have to be there.

Kissinger: I read your article in the Globe last year. You really study the pitches. I was at Yankee Stadium with [George] Steinbrenner that the series the Yankees lost, but they won the first three games, if you remember.

Power: Of course. I was in Yankee Stadium for those games as well.

Kissinger: I was there in the first game, [Mike] Mussina was pitching for the Yankees and he was pitching a no-hitter and he was ahead 7-0, a big score anyway, in the seventh inning ...

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