Another winning performance
Sure, Dustin Pedroia was good for a few RBIs in the Sox' big victory over the Indians Sunday night, but could the Dropkick Murphys deserve some of the credit? The Celtic punk band has an impressive record: The Red Sox have won all six home games at which the Boston-based band has played. Before Sunday's game, the band - sporting the shirts the team gave them for a 2004 video - performed the national anthem and renditions of "Tessie" and "I'm Shipping Up to Boston," the song from "The Departed" that has become Sox reliever Jonathan Papelbon's theme song. "The Sox told us to do whatever it is we did in 2004," guitarist/singer Ken Casey told us yesterday. If you include the Murphys' outings at a Patriots game and two Bruins games, the band is 9-0 in helping out Boston's pros. Yesterday the Sox brass were mum about what might be in store when the Series gets underway at Fenway tomorrow night. But Casey said the band is ready for action anytime from now through Nov. 1, when Game 7 would be played. "We made it so we had a break in our tour until Nov. 2."
Sox, fund-raiser extend OMalleys stay
Mike O'Malley turned a quick trip home to see his beloved Red Sox into a dream vacation. "I got a full-week hall pass," the former "Yes, Dear" star told us yesterday. "I was here for the games over the weekend . . . and I'm staying for Games 1 and 2 of the World Series. I have the best wife ever," said O'Malley, whose better half, Lisa, and three children (all under age 5) are back in California. Yesterday, the comic actor was in Nashua, where he's staying with his folks, but got a last-minute call to action. "Kevin Youkilis asked me if I'd emcee his event," he said of last night's Hits for Kids fund-raiser at Avila in Park Square. "These guys - Youk, [Mike ] Timlin, [Jason] Varitek, Papi, and the rest of the team are the most famous guys in New England, and they get so few days off, and they want to raise money for local charities. If they ask you to help, you help." As for how O'Malley is going to make up the extended trip East to his wife? He said: "It's going to cost me spa treatments and a trip to Tortola without me."
An art collector trades up
When DTR Modern Galleries owner Ted Vassilev wanted to celebrate the expansion of his Newbury Street art hot spot, he hosted a few parties including one for a small group of well-known art collectors. As an added draw for that event for aficionados, Vassilev offered a Miro print to one lucky attendee. But when Steven Bransom won the piece, he gave it back to Vassilev as a down payment on a Picasso lithograph that Bransom had his eye on from the start of the soiree.
Pops goes global on Net
Starting today, you can see Keith Lockhart and the Boston Pops for free, as part of the Boston Symphony Orchestra's first Internet TV program. Go to: bostonpops.tv. The "Oscar and Tony" show - featuring music from Hollywood and Broadway - will also include scenes from a recording session, interviews with Pops musicians, and a conducting lesson with Lockhart. With the broadcast, the BSO becomes the first orchestra to launch its own Internet TV show.
It's an Askmen world and Bradys not in it
Pats QB Tom Brady may be the choice of magazine editors across the country. But when Askmen.com queried its users about who is the best "man's man," our No. 12 was not among the top 49. The list, which the men's lifestyle site is releasing today, has soccer superstar David Beckham at No. 1 and Cambridge native Matt Damon at No. 2. Acton-born funnyman Steve Carell is No. 13. Another QB - Peyton Manning - is at No. 16, right below Denzel Washington and Rick Rubin. Arlington-bred Dane Cook, who has been in town for the last couple of months filming "Bachelor No. 2," makes the list at No. 43. Sure Roger Federer, Justin Timberlake, Daniel Craig, and George Clooney are in the Top 10 with Damon, but no Brady? Askmen.com's editor-in-chief, James Bassil, says it wasn't up to the editors - the annual list "gives [readers] a voice to proclaim who they care about most." . . . Brady's supermodel sweetheart, meanwhile, made the scene in Miami over the weekend. While the Pats QB was going deep against the Dolphins, his Brazilian beauty was dipping her toes in the ocean. And the night before Brady's record-setting performance, Gisele Bundchen was snapped partying with pals at Miami's Prive Nightclub.
Geoff Edgers of the Globe staff contributed. Names can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 617-929-8253.