Bill Mueller, who played on the 2004 Red Sox World Series team, threw out the first pitch.

- Bill Mueller, who played on the 2004 Red Sox World Series team, threw out the first pitch. Dan Clark, a retired Massachusetts state trooper, sang the national anthem and “God Bless America” in the seventh inning. Clark gave an animated rendition of the “Star Spangled Banner” and wore a suit that prompted one press box wag to comment, “He looks like a bullfighter.”

- The Indians normally would come to the ballpark with their luggage packed and ready to board a plane on the final game of a home series. Cleveland didn’t fly into Boston right after Game 5, because manager Eric Wedge said they weren’t preparing to lose and didn’t come to Jacobs Field with luggage in hand.

With that in mind, did the Tribe come to Fenway Park on Saturday night with luggage and ready to head home after the game?

“No,” Wedge said, laughing. “We’re flying out (Sunday). We came to the ballpark today focused on the Boston Red Sox and what we need to do to play well to give ourselves the chance, ultimately, to win the ballgame. ... We’re going to slow things down and just focus on that.”

- Boston fans were relaxed and anxious for Game 6 to start. At mid-day in downtown Boston, a large crowd of fans, many of them wearing Red Sox T-shirts, gathered outside the LIR, a Boston Irish pub, to watch the Rugby World Cup. The bar was crammed and stopped accepting patrons, even at $20 just to get in and watch. Loud cheers echoed on Boyston Street.

- On the green line subway ride to the Kenmore exit, there was a woman wearing a Manny Ramirez jersey who flew in from Los Angeles to watch her beloved Sox. She didn’t have a ticket and arrived early at the Cask ’n Flagon sports pub to get a seat. “Confident?” she said. “I don’t know about confident, but we’re gonna be relaxed.”

- The game-time temperature was 63 degrees. A mild but pleasant 14-mile an hour wind blew out.

-- The Repository