By David Klepper
BOSTON: The Boston Red Sox have now won three World Series in the past decade — but not since the days of Babe Ruth had Boston won a fall classic in its beloved Fenway Park.
The victory sent Red Sox fans spilling into the streets Wednesday night to celebrate the team’s 6-1 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals in Game 6. Amid the cheers and high-fives, the white lights of Boston’s Prudential Tower read “GO SOX.”
“Words cannot describe how I feel,” Red Sox fan Sam D’Arrigo said. “This is what being a Boston fan is all about.”
The win capped an emotional season for the Red Sox, one heavy with the reminder of the Boston Marathon bombings in April, which left three people dead and more than 260 wounded. Players wore “Boston Strong” logos on their left sleeves and a giant “B Strong” logo was mowed into Fenway’s outfield.
An excited Mayor Tom Menino tweeted: “Get the ducks ready, we’re having a parade.” He was referring to the duck boat parades the city had had during previous sports celebrations.
Menino and Red Sox officials later announced that the parade would begin at 10 a.m. Saturday at Fenway Park and travel down Boylston Street — where the Marathon attack occurred — before going on to the Charles River. Organizers said they wanted the parade to be held at a time when as many fans, including families with children, could attend.
After the deciding game, police set up barriers to funnel the crowds away from Fenway Park and mounted police and officers on bicycles patrolled the area. Some fans were obviously intoxicated.
A large group gathered near the marathon finish line, chanting and blocking traffic until police arrived.
The Suffolk District Attorney’s office reported that Boston and state police made 10 arrests in the city, mostly for disorderly conduct.
Throughout the night, the Boston police department had tweeted cautionary messages, encouraging fans to “Celebrate with pride” and “Celebrate responsibly.” Police later thanked the “tens of thousands” of Red Sox fans who took their warnings seriously.
There were no reports of serious damage but at least one car was overturned.
Officials at the University of Massachusetts said 15 people — all but one of them students — were arrested after thousands gathered on the Amherst campus to celebrate the Red Sox win. Most of those arrested were charged with failing to disperse and two also with assault and battery on a police officer. No injuries were reported.
In New Hampshire, celebrations turned destructive at several college campuses. In the largest incident, University of New Hampshire officials say police used pepper spray and pepper balls to break up a crowd of several hundred students that had gathered at the Durham campus. Officials said some of the students threw bottles and cans at officers; five were arrested on disorderly conduct charges.
Boston has hosted several celebrations in the past decade as the Celtics, Patriots, Bruins and Red Sox have all won titles since 2004, but some of the post-championship partying has caused problems. In 2004, a 21-year-old college student was killed by a pepper pellet fired by Boston police during crowd-control efforts following the Red Sox win in the American League Championship Series. In 2008, a 22-year-old man died after police took him into custody during street celebrations of the Celtics’ title.