I noticed when I was hanging out on my ladder waiting for the celebrities to make their way down the red carpet that Pat reached into her bag to grab a few baseballs. Since I am very familar with the autograzzi (shout out to Philly’s Team Derek!) I knew exactly what they were for I thought who cares about Paul Giamatti, I want to get Tom Hanks signing Pat’s balls
so I made it over there, running into gossip maven Dan Gross and saying I think Pat’s gonna get those balls signed and wouldn’t that make a great picture. I waited, and waited for the moment she asked him to sign the balls
And after he walked away I could see they were signed; I asked her how did it happen. She told me he signed them as he spoke. He just took them out of her hand and signed them. She told me they were for her husband and went over the story with me; I was going to ask her if it was alright if the photos and story could be published, but she disappeared. And then later I had second thoughts about going through with any publication because I thought, maybe Pat would get in trouble for doing this on the job or something. So I didn’t persue it. I know, I know I am never gonna make it in this business because I am way too sensitive about my pap shots and peoples feelings. But thank God their are people who don’t care about those things, because lo and behold you can catch the story, without pictures, at see below:
Dan Gross reports: CBS 3’s Pat Ciarrocchi who covered the red carpet arrivals, made certain to get a baseball signed by Hanks and Giamatti for her husband, David Fineman, a baseball freak, she said. What’s their baseball connection? Giamatti’s late father was former MLB commissioner A. Bartlett Giamatti, and Hanks starred in “A League of Their Own.” Several months back, Ciarrocchi got “The Natural” star Robert Redford to sign a baseball while interviewing him when he was in town. Ciarrocchi bought the ball at the Constitution Center’s gift shop for $9.95. The center is hosting the “Baseball as America” exhibit through May 11. The “John Adams” series begins at 8 p.m. Sunday. We haven’t seen it; Daily News TV writer Ellen Gray will weigh in Friday.