By: Jack Zinman (Sports Correspondent)
For the eleventh time since 2000, the City of Boston hosted a celebration parade for a major sports team winning their respective championship.This one is thanks to the Red Sox who totaled 119 wins, 108 of which were in the regular season. They cruised through the postseason beating the Yankees in 4, Astros in 5 and the Dodgers in 5 to capture the clubs ninth championship.
Here in Boston, championships are the expectation for every team, every year. “They call it ‘titletown’ for a reason,” says Celtics star Gordon Hayward.
As soon as Chris Sale struck out Manny Machado for the final out, Sox fans everywhere only had one question. When is the parade? The parade wasWednesday, October 31st or Halloween.
An estimated one million Sox fans from near and far were in attendance Wednesday to see their favorite players up close celebrate the greatest season in franchise history.
The parade started at 11 am when the first duck boat fired off confetti into the large crowds on Boylston Street.
The eventful day began inside of Fenway Park as the team held an event for the loyal season ticket holders where the front office, players and coaching staff stood on stage and thanked the fans.
The duck boats headed down Lansdowne, then Ipswitch, followed by Boylston and Tremont, they will head on to Cambridge and finish on New Sudbury Street.
Unexpectedly, the first boat carried former Red Sox legends, Pedro Martinez and David Ortiz holding the 2004 and 2007 championship trophy.
Shortly after manager Alex Cora drove by, World Series MVP and new Boston legend, Steve Pearce along with Ian Kinsler and Mitch Moreland followed them up
Other boats included J.D. Martinez with Rafael Devers and Hector Velazquez. David Price and Nathan Eovaldi were together and Mookie Betts was alongside Tzu Wei-Lin and third base coach Carlos Febles.
The parade lasted a near hour and about forty-five minutes. Out of the million people there, there were only six arrests, mostly all of them were possession of alcohol by a minor.
One of the biggest stories of the parade, unfortunately, was that someone threw a beer can from the crowd and damaged the 2018 World Series trophy. Although it is an easy fix, it’s still unfortunate to see the new trophy damaged.
On a more positive side, many people were very satisfied seeing their star-studded team marching through the streets. “I felt excited, everyone there was pumped and very excited to see Boston as world champs once again,” says junior Kyle Sullivan.