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Patrick pulling for Sox, but hazy on the lineup

Fortunately, he's running the state, not the Nation.

Governor Deval Patrick, in a brief exchange with local media, revealed that he is not exactly the most tuned-in Red Sox fan.

Speaking to a phalanx of TV cameras and reporters after making a friendly World Series wager with Colorado Governor Bill Ritter (surprise, surprise: lobster vs. steak) Patrick took a few questions.

Any predictions?

"Yeah, we will win," said the governor.

He did not elaborate.

In how many games?

"Don't know."

Any advice for Terry Francona?

Patrick declined.

And his favorite players?

"Oh, I like them all," Patrick began.

Realizing, perhaps from the faces of the press corps, that this would not do, he added,"I mean, Big Papi, he's a pretty special -- he's a pretty special contributor. Manny has been fantastic in this last, uh, in this last series. I've been excited about the rookie who's come up."

What's his name, now?

"You know his name," he said. He paused. Then he mumbled, "Is it Ellsbury?"

(One reporter swore he said "Ellsburg," but everyone else was pretty sure he got it right.)

Or did he mean Dustin Pedroia, the team's other star rookie?

"Him, too."

So... would it be fair to say the governor has not been following the ballgames so closely?

"I follow them close enough," the governor said blithely. "Especially this time of year."

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