The joke last night, other than the Red Sox, was that it wasn't Vice President Dick Cheney who needed all the Secret Service protection he received at Yankee Stadium, along with an old-fashioned Bronx cheer as old as the Grand Concourse.
You bet Cheney got booed while Ronan Tynan sang "God Bless America." Cheney - close to the action for a change - had been down in a box seat next to the Yankee dugout with Rudy Giuliani and Gov. George Pataki. Now Cheney was upstairs in George Steinbrenner's box, and when they put his face on the big screen in the outfield, there was plenty of booing. It was about the only thing that stopped the real cheers for the Yankees at Yankee Stadium as they kept pouring it on against the Red Sox.
Real game story last night? Cheney got booed. Yankees got even with the Red Sox, for one night, and maybe the rest of the way.
Cheney, of course, responded in his usual classy way: he told the Yankee fans to fuck themselves.