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Rosenberg missed the Fenway hoopla

Mass. House Speaker Robert DeLeo (left) joined Mayor Martin J. Walsh, David Ortiz, and Governor Charlie Baker for a ceremony honoring the retiring Red Sox slugger. Maddie Meyer/Getty Images

Senate President Stan Rosenberg was pretty miffed last Sunday when he discovered that his Beacon Hill counterpart, House Speaker Robert DeLeo, was walking out onto the field at Fenway Park with Governor Charlie Baker at an event honoring David Ortiz.

Relations are already strained between the two legislative leaders. But getting snubbed at such a big event, when Baker and DeLeo were the center of attention on the baseball diamond to present a sign naming a nearby bridge for the Red Sox hero?

There was an explanation. The invite from the Red Sox somehow never made it to Rosenberg or his staff.


Robert Travaglini, the former Senate president and a hugely popular figure in the State House’s halls of power, was in charge of rounding up the three Beacon Hill leaders. Though a crypto Yankee fan, Travaglini is now, through his very prosperous government relations firm, representing the Sox.

Travaglini says he left a voicemail message on Rosenberg’s personal cell phone; Rosenberg says he never retrieved it.

“This has more to do with Trav’s direct communications with the principals and a missed call than anything else,” said a source close to the president.

Frank Phillips can be reached at frank.phillips@globe.com.