It was like any game night at Fenway Park, except Wednesday night’s game was spotting the stars on the red carpet for the world premiere of “Fever Pitch,” a romantic comedy about an obsessed Red Sox fan and his girlfriend.
The movie’s stars, Jimmy Fallon and Drew Barrymore, greeted the screaming fans.
“Thank you very much for an experience I’ll never forget as long as I live” Fallon said, referring to the movie’s filming at Fenway Park and at Red Sox road games last season. The movie got a new ending when the Red Sox won their first World Series in 86 years.
“This was a movie about us actually losing, until we actually won,” said Red Sox catcher Jason Varitek. “So it’s good to have them have to change the script.”
He said the players also had a brief scene in the movie, screened Wednesday night at a theater near the ballpark after the Fenway gala that included the red carpet along the first-base side of the grandstand.
Other Red Sox attending were Tim Wakefield, Kevin Millar, Johnny Damon, Trot Nixon and David Ortiz.
As they followed the team last season, filmmakers Peter and Bobby Farrelly — New Englanders and Red Sox fans — sneaked Fallon and Barrymore on the field for a scene in St. Louis when Boston won the championship over the Cardinals last fall.
“I love Boston, I love the team, I love the people that are so emotionally affected by this sport and this team,” Barrymore said.
“It was a matter of time before they made a movie about a pathetic Red Sox fan,” said Mike Fuller, 27, one of hundreds of fans in the stands. He acknowledged he identifies with Fallon’s character.
“Yeah, every year when they lose, I’m done with them,” Fuller said. “This (year) is going to be a little different.”