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October 29, 2007

Chiklis: I wasn't missing this one

DENVER - Andover native Michael Chiklis was in Los Angeles earlier in the week hosting one of his high school chums, Dan McDuffie, who now lives in North Andover.



A phone call was made and he was set to get Red Sox tickets for Game 4. No matter what.



"I missed the clincher in St. Louis in 2004 and there was no way I was missing this one," said the star of "The Shield." "I was working like crazy, 85 hours this week, and I was trying to rush everyone along because I was coming to Denver."



Chiklis was down near the backstop watching the Red Sox celebrate when Curt Schilling noticed him and ordered security to let he and McDuffie on the field.



And then Schilling drenched Chiklis with champagne.



"We had never met personally, but I was supposed to make a surprise visit at his 40th birthday party. His wife had called me to set it up," said Chiklis, who has been to two of the Patriots' three Super Bowls. But the actor was doing 'The Fantastic Four' (movie) and had 200 pounds of padding on. "I couldn't get away. So to meet him this way is incredible."



Chiklis, who captained the 1980 Andover High football team, said he watched the Patriots' game beforehand, but "I fell asleep when they were up 45-7 or something like that. Can you believe our teams? We are so lucky."



Clayton cried with the rest of them



Royce Clayton was crying. The guy got eight at-bats in September, he wasn't on the playoff roster, but there he was, hugging family members as if he had hit the winning home run.



"I've been waiting for this my entire career. You don't understand what this means to me," said Clayton, who has played for 11 teams over 17 seasons. "I came here because I wanted this. Josh Beckett came up to me when I got here and said, 'We will get his for you. You deserve it.' Imagine him saying that?"



Don't sign A-Rod!



That's what a few thousand Red Sox fans still at the park at 11:30 p.m. (Denver time) were chanting as Mike Lowell made his way toward the Red Sox dugout.



"Don't sign A-Rod! ... Don't sign A-Rod!"



'Lowell waved.



"These people are amazing," he said. "Look, I've stated my case. This is where I want to be. It's not up to me, but we'll worry about the offseason at another time."



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