Why was Jimmy Fallon on the field during Red Sox victory? He and Drew Barrymore were filming ''Fever Pitch,'' a Farrelly Brothers movie about Boston baseball fans

By Gary Susman
Updated October 28, 2004 at 04:00 AM EDT
Jimmy Fallon: Ezra Shaw/Getty Images

Amid the Boston Red Sox postgame infield celebration of their World Series victory over the St. Louis Cardinals on Wednesday night, viewers may have spotted what looked like one of those old Sully-and-Denise sketches on Saturday Night Live. Along with the players jumping for joy, there was Jimmy Fallon, dipping a brunette and kissing her, just like on SNL, where Bostonians Sully (Fallon) and Denise (Rachel Dratch) would say to each other, ”You’re retahded” before engaging in a public makeout session. Turns out Fallon’s post-victory smooch was part of a staged event, an example of life imitating art imitating life. (The gal in question was apparently Colleen Reilly, the Red Sox cheerleader who sweeps the bases during home games at Fenway Park.)

Fallon and Drew Barrymore (who was also present on the infield at St. Louis’ Busch Stadium) recently filmed Fever Pitch, under the direction of the Farrelly Brothers (There’s Something About Mary, Stuck on You). It’s an adaptation of Nick Hornby’s novel about obsessive British soccer fans, but transplanted to America, the characters have become obsessive Red Sox fans. (So are the Farrellys, who grew up in nearby Providence.) Originally, the film was to climax with a Red Sox defeat, just as every Red Sox season had since 1918. But in recent days, the ending was rewritten to take into account the possibility of a Red Sox victory.

So the movie cameras were rolling during the aftermath of Wednesday’s game, shooting a new final scene in which Fallon, Barrymore, and other fans celebrate on the field. ”This is like the aliens made contact,” Peter Farrelly told the Boston Herald. ”It’s something we’ve thought about for a long time, but never thought was possible.” Agreed Bobby Farrelly, ”We’ve always been lucky but this is the luckiest we’ve ever been, to be involved with this thing at this time.” He added, ”Actually, our only discernable talent is luck.”