Cold, clear, and Cameron Diaz.
That was the forecast for Game 2 of the World Series and it proved to be true.
The actress, who’s in town shooting a movie with rumored suitor Jason Segel, was just one of the familiar faces in the crowd Thursday. Others included “Mad Men” star Jon Hamm, a king-size Cardinals fan who missed Game 1 (see story below).
Actor Andy Garcia, whose new movie is screening at the Boston Film Festival, was also in the house (in Sox owner John Henry’s box seats next to the dugout), as well as CNN’s John King, “Glee” actor Mike O’Malley, who was with his wife and three children and seemed in good spirits despite his show, “Welcome to the Family,’’ just being canceled, country star Kenny Chesney, Harvard law professor Alan Dershowitz, Mayor Tom Menino and wife Angela, Blue dragon chef Ming Tsai, “Dicky Roberts” director Sam Weisman, comedian Lenny Clarke, Mighty Mighty Bosstones manager Darren Hilland, restaurateur Ed Kane, “Greater Boston” host Emily Rooney, MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough, and Patriots owner Robert Kraft.
Also at the park were retired Yankees closer Mariano Rivera and several members of the curse-breaking 2004 Bosox, including Derek Lowe, Jason Varitek, Kevin Millar, and Pedro Martinez, who’s busy writing a book for Houghton Mifflin Harcourt about his miraculous career.
Singer James Taylor, who’s been hard at work at his home in the Berkshires on a new album, took the turnpike from Stockbridge to Boston to sing the national anthem (and, with wife Kim and son Henry, “America the Beautiful” during the seventh-inning stretch).
“It’s been a hard year for Boston,” JT said, referring to the Marathon bombings. “I’m glad I can do this. I’ve been struck by how personally everyone in the city responded and how much it made us feel like a community.”
Lest there be any doubt, Taylor told us he’s very much a Red Sox fan, something he inherited from his late father, a doctor who lived for a time on Charles River Square.
“After my father died, I drifted away and lived on the Vineyard and in New York,” he said. “When Kim and I got together, she was a dyed-in-the-wool, card-carrying Sox fan, and I got back into it.’
Before singing the anthem, Taylor said his good friend, former Boston Symphony Orchestra music director Seiji Ozawa, was house-sitting at the singer’s house — and watching the game.
“He doesn’t have a television at his house and his love of the Red Sox is deep and profound,” said Taylor.Mark Shanahan can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him on Twitter @MarkAShanahan. Meredith Goldstein can be reached at email@example.com. Follow her on Twitter @MeredithGoldste.