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Going Sox stalking

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Globe Correspondent / February 13, 2005

FORT MYERS -- They say Friday is the big night at Blu Sushi, but Saturday isn't too shabby. Recently, a weekend visit to this chic sushi and martini bar in quiet Fort Myers was jammed with twenty- to sixtysomethings, all vying for a spot at the glowing white bar while waiting to be seated for dinner. Iridescent blue tiles shimmered behind the bartenders, who were busy shaking and pouring drinks into glasses with angular stems while a DJ spun trippy tunes.

Blu Sushi is the closest thing to Miami-hip this side of the Florida peninsula (without the snobby attitude), leading a visitor from Boston to ask, ''Do the Red Sox ever come here when they're in town for spring training?"

The answer is yes, according to Blu's well-coiffed director Jerome Sanchez, who, when pressed for Sox stories, only smiled like the Mona Lisa.

''What happens at Blu stays at Blu," Sanchez said.

Sean Kellum, a Red Sox fan, fishing captain, and Fort Myers native, confirmed the Sox sightings.

''When they're here, you see them," Kellum said. ''You see them all over town."

Another customer divulged another Sox hangout: the Fort Myers Ale House. A call to the popular sports bar and restaurant confirmed the tip.

''They come every day, every chance they get," said manager Angela Zeigler. ''We get the Twins players in here, too. They stay in the hotels around here."

Did she have any anecdotal tales to tell about our boys?

''They're definitely well behaved," Zeigler said.

Not all in Fort Myers are fans.

''I think about the Red Sox the way I think about the gunk between my toes," said a waitress at Blu who wished to remain unnamed.

Are they rude?

''Not at all," she said -- before confessing, ''I'm a Yankees fan."

Blu bartender Jason Bisson, a former resident of Canton, is looking forward to the Red Sox' return for spring training next weekend, though he won't be pinned down as to which players he thinks will walk through his door. Like a true Sox fan, he's not making any predictions, but his optimistic smile stretched ear to ear.

NECEE REGIS

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