ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Classic opening to the first World Series game ever here inside Tropicana Field: During the pre-game festivities, they played a clip from the underrated movie Meatballs on the scoreboard.
It was the scene in which camp counselor Bill Murray exhorts his collection of misfits before a competition with the rich, snotty summer campers from across the lake. Those of you who recall the movie will remember that the scene culminates with Murray yelling, "It just doesn't matter! It just doesn't matter!" And the kids all start chanting that.
The denizens inside the ballpark were a little slow on the uptake -- nobody really started chanting along with the movie clip.
But the point was clear, and it was kind of cute. Little ol' Tampa Bay, second-lowest payroll in the majors, landing in the big time.
Also, as is always the case at these things, the field was swarming with media during batting practice, an incredible crowd congregating behind the plate and from dugout to dugout.
I asked Tampa Bay outfielder Rocco Baldelli when the last time was that he saw so many people standing on the field here.
"The boat show," he quipped.