Senator John Kerry takes in the game from atop the Green Monster. (Steve Silva / Boston.com)
Ran into Massachusetts senator John Kerry on the Monster while taking the pulse of Red Sox Nation on Manny Ramirez's absence from the lineup tonight. The senator was asked if fans should be concerned that Ramirez is out of the lineup.
"I hope not, I hope not," said Kerry. "If he says his knee needs a rest, then he gets a day to rest his knee. I know Terry Francona and John Henry werenít happy with how it all went down. But letís focus on the game at hand."
Seated to the left of Kerry is his daughter Vanessa.