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Monday, July 26, 2004

"Manny Ortez"

Mickey Kaus points to a Peter Gammons column:

So who puts the bug in candidates' ears about seeming what they are not? John Kerry last week professed to be a big fan of "Manny Ortez," then re-emphasized the phoofery by correcting it to "David Ortez." No, that was Dave (Baby) Cortez and "The Happy Organ." A few years back Kerry went on a Boston station with Eddie Andelman and said "my favorite Red Sox player of all time is The Walking Man, Eddie Yost," who never played for the Red Sox.

I dealt with the Yost part here, but the "Manny Ortez" thing is embarrassing. The sound bite is now being played frequently on Boston sports radio. I guess Gammons and Kerry didn't exchange pleasantries at last night's Sox game.