Red Sox Fans Celebrate World Series Championship At Fenway Park
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BOSTON (CBS/AP) – Jubilant Red Sox fans took to the streets around Fenway Park to cheer their team’s World Series victory, the first time Boston has won baseball’s fall classic at home in 95 years.
Fans chanted and caroused outside the historic ballpark Wednesday after Boston vanquished the St. Louis Cardinals 6-1 in Game 6. Police say nine people were arrested for unruly behavior in the hours after the game.
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Police cleared the area around the park, but a large crowd moved down Boylston Street to the finish line of the Boston Marathon. WBZ NewsRadio’s Carl Stevens reported that some in the crowd turned violent.
Aerial video shot from SkyEye showed several people jumping on moving cars and rocking others that were parked along the street.
At least one car was flipped over on Boylston Street.
Throughout the night, the Boston Police department had tweeted cautionary messages, encouraging fans to “Celebrate with pride” and “Celebrate responsibly.”
The Red Sox have now won three World Series in a decade, but they hadn’t won at home since 1918.
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“Words cannot describe how I feel,” said Sam D’Arrigo. “This is what being a Boston fan is all about.”
“We needed this (victory),” after the bombings that killed 3 people and wounded more than 260, said Mark Porcaro of Boston. “They were an easy team to get behind because they stood up for us when we needed them most,” following the tragedy.
Mayor Menino said information about a celebration parade would be released on Thursday. Boston Duck Tours tweeted after the game that the parade would be held on Saturday.
Boston has hosted several celebrations over the last 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.
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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.
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Bars in the Fenway area reached capacity early, and police began clearing the streets during the 7th inning Wednesday night. The Red Sox opened the stadium up to the public after the game for the trophy presentation.
On-street parking was restricted on several streets in the Fenway/Kenmore neighborhood.
Parking was also restricted on streets in Brighton, as well as near Northeastern University, Faneuil Hall and North Station.
Vehicles in parking lots around Fenway Park were not be able to be moved until the crowds disperse.
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