Via the St. Petersburg Times -
Dozens of screaming fans and a flock of paparazzi lined the red carpet at Tampa Theatre’s ninth annual Oscar Night America benefit Sunday.
Pat Fenda reprised her Oscar-worthy performance as Roan Jivers, critiquing 300 gowned and tuxed supporters as they emerged from limos circling the block.
The Florida Aquarium’s tiny South African black-footed penguins waddled in on Happy Feet wearing their version of black-tie, but they were not invited to stay and watch the 80th annual Academy Awards ceremony on the big screen.
The historic theater’s benefit was one of 52 sanctioned by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
Jean Afterman, vice president and assistant general manager of the New York Yankees, was among the movie buffs enjoying champagne and hors d’oeuvres from Mise en Place.
She was rooting for Juno to win big, she said, clutching a CD of the sound track produced by her brother, Peter. The film did win Best Original Screenplay.
In December 2001, the Yankees hired Afterman to be their assistant General Manager. At the time, Brian Cashman cited her expertise in the Far East as one of her strongest attributes. That made sense – because she was general counsel for an agency who represents Japanese players before joining the Yankees. [Insert your Kei Igawa joke here.]
But, as a G.M., shouldn’t your assistant G.M. be someone that you’re grooming and training to be your successor?
Does anyone really think that Jean Afterman has a decent chance of ever being the Yankees next General Manager? Man, if that happens, would that be a bad dream, or what?