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Red Sox hold “rolling rally” to celebrate title

  • Boston Red Sox's Jonny Gomes carries the 2013 World Series trophy and a team jersey to the finish line of the Boston Marathon, in honor of those affected by the bombings, as they stopped the parade in celebration of the baseball team's World Series win, Saturday, Nov. 2, 2013, in Boston. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

    Boston Red Sox's Jonny Gomes carries the 2013 World Series trophy and a team jersey to the finish line of the Boston Marathon, in honor of those affected by the bombings, as they stopped the parade in celebration of the baseball team's World Series win, Saturday, Nov. 2, 2013, in Boston. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

  • Boston Red Sox's Jonny Gomes, second from left, and Jarrod Saltalamacchia hold up baseball jerseys during a pause in their World Series victory rolling rally in Boston, Saturday, Nov. 2, 2013, to remember those affected by the Marathon bombing. They presented the jerseys to workers at two of the businesses at the bombing sites, including, second from right, Shane O'Hara and at far right, Dan Solo. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

    Boston Red Sox's Jonny Gomes, second from left, and Jarrod Saltalamacchia hold up baseball jerseys during a pause in their World Series victory rolling rally in Boston, Saturday, Nov. 2, 2013, to remember those affected by the Marathon bombing. They presented the jerseys to workers at two of the businesses at the bombing sites, including, second from right, Shane O'Hara and at far right, Dan Solo. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

  • Lisa Jay, of North Reading, Mass., holds a sign while waiting along the bank of the Charles River Saturday, Nov. 2, 2013, in Cambridge, Mass., for Boston Red Sox players to ride past in amphibious duck boats during a rolling victory parade celebrating the team's World Series title. (AP Photo/Josh Reynolds)

    Lisa Jay, of North Reading, Mass., holds a sign while waiting along the bank of the Charles River Saturday, Nov. 2, 2013, in Cambridge, Mass., for Boston Red Sox players to ride past in amphibious duck boats during a rolling victory parade celebrating the team's World Series title. (AP Photo/Josh Reynolds)

  • Melissa Shaw, of Farmington, N.H., reacts as Boston Red Sox players float past on amphibious duck boats during the team's World Series victory parade on the Charles River Saturday, Nov. 2, 2013, in Cambridge, Mass. (AP Photo/Josh Reynolds)

    Melissa Shaw, of Farmington, N.H., reacts as Boston Red Sox players float past on amphibious duck boats during the team's World Series victory parade on the Charles River Saturday, Nov. 2, 2013, in Cambridge, Mass. (AP Photo/Josh Reynolds)

  • Boston Red Sox's Jarrod Saltalamacchia, left, holds the World Series trophy as Ryan Dempster, center, raises his arm from a duck boat on the Charles River during a rolling victory parade celebrating the team's World Series title Saturday, Nov. 2, 2013, in Boston. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

    Boston Red Sox's Jarrod Saltalamacchia, left, holds the World Series trophy as Ryan Dempster, center, raises his arm from a duck boat on the Charles River during a rolling victory parade celebrating the team's World Series title Saturday, Nov. 2, 2013, in Boston. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

  • Duck boats line up in Fenway Park in advance of the Boston Red Sox's championship parade in celebration of the baseball team's World Series win, Saturday, Nov. 2, 2013, in Boston. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

    Duck boats line up in Fenway Park in advance of the Boston Red Sox's championship parade in celebration of the baseball team's World Series win, Saturday, Nov. 2, 2013, in Boston. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

  • Boston Police gather near the "B Strong" logo, in honor of those affected by the Boston Marathon bombings, at Fenway Park in advance of the Boston Red Sox's championship parade in celebration of the baseball team's World Series win, Saturday, Nov. 2, 2013, in Boston. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

    Boston Police gather near the "B Strong" logo, in honor of those affected by the Boston Marathon bombings, at Fenway Park in advance of the Boston Red Sox's championship parade in celebration of the baseball team's World Series win, Saturday, Nov. 2, 2013, in Boston. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

  • Carlos Arredondo raises his arms as he waves to fans at Fenway Park in advance of the Boston Red Sox's championship parade in celebration of the baseball team's World Series win, Saturday, Nov. 2, 2013, in Boston. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

    Carlos Arredondo raises his arms as he waves to fans at Fenway Park in advance of the Boston Red Sox's championship parade in celebration of the baseball team's World Series win, Saturday, Nov. 2, 2013, in Boston. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

  • Boston Red Sox fans line Boylston Street during a parade in celebration of the baseball team's World Series win, Saturday, Nov. 2, 2013, in Boston. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

    Boston Red Sox fans line Boylston Street during a parade in celebration of the baseball team's World Series win, Saturday, Nov. 2, 2013, in Boston. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

  • Boston Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz shakes hands with Colin Petty, owner of the Marathon Sports store, at the finish line of the Boston Marathon during a parade in celebration of the baseball team's World Series win, Saturday, Nov. 2, 2013, in Boston.  The team honored those affected by the marathon bombings by stopping the rolling parade in tribute. One of the two bombs were detonated in front of Petty's store. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

    Boston Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz shakes hands with Colin Petty, owner of the Marathon Sports store, at the finish line of the Boston Marathon during a parade in celebration of the baseball team's World Series win, Saturday, Nov. 2, 2013, in Boston. The team honored those affected by the marathon bombings by stopping the rolling parade in tribute. One of the two bombs were detonated in front of Petty's store. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

  • Boston Red Sox catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia takes pictures as he rides in a duck boat during a rolling rally in Boston, Saturday, Nov. 2, 2013 to celebrate their World Series championship. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

    Boston Red Sox catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia takes pictures as he rides in a duck boat during a rolling rally in Boston, Saturday, Nov. 2, 2013 to celebrate their World Series championship. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

  • Police flank duck boats carrying Boston Red Sox players away from Fenway Park during a rolling parade in celebration of the baseball team's World Series win, Saturday, Nov. 2, 2013, in Boston. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

    Police flank duck boats carrying Boston Red Sox players away from Fenway Park during a rolling parade in celebration of the baseball team's World Series win, Saturday, Nov. 2, 2013, in Boston. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

  • Boston Red Sox president Larry Lucchino, right, tips his cap to fans as majority owner John Henry holds the 2013 World Series championship trophy during a parade in celebration of the baseball team's win, Saturday, Nov. 2, 2013, in Boston. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

    Boston Red Sox president Larry Lucchino, right, tips his cap to fans as majority owner John Henry holds the 2013 World Series championship trophy during a parade in celebration of the baseball team's win, Saturday, Nov. 2, 2013, in Boston. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

  • A giant head photograph of Boston Red Sox's Dustin Pedroia is held out of a duck boat at Fenway Park as they prepare to leave for a parade in celebration of the baseball team's World Series win, Saturday, Nov. 2, 2013, in Boston. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

    A giant head photograph of Boston Red Sox's Dustin Pedroia is held out of a duck boat at Fenway Park as they prepare to leave for a parade in celebration of the baseball team's World Series win, Saturday, Nov. 2, 2013, in Boston. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

  • Boston Red Sox' David Ortiz holds up a championship belt as he and fellow players ride on a duck boat, Saturday, Nov. 2, 2013, on the Charles River in Boston, during a rolling parade celebrating the team's World Series title. (AP Photo/Josh Reynolds)

    Boston Red Sox' David Ortiz holds up a championship belt as he and fellow players ride on a duck boat, Saturday, Nov. 2, 2013, on the Charles River in Boston, during a rolling parade celebrating the team's World Series title. (AP Photo/Josh Reynolds)

  • Boston Red Sox's David Ross, right, cheers with fans as teammate Will Middlebrooks, left, takes a photograph during a rolling parade in celebration of the baseball team's World Series win, Saturday, Nov. 2, 2013, in Boston. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

    Boston Red Sox's David Ross, right, cheers with fans as teammate Will Middlebrooks, left, takes a photograph during a rolling parade in celebration of the baseball team's World Series win, Saturday, Nov. 2, 2013, in Boston. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

  • From left, Emma Jadul, 11, sister Caroline Jadul 7, both of Redding, Mass., and Christian Hoyt, 11, of Brockton, Mass., cheer Boston Red Sox players floating by on amphibious duck Bnoats during a rolling victory parade on the Charles River Saturday, Nov. 2, 2013, in Cambridge Mass. (AP Photo/Josh Reynolds)

    From left, Emma Jadul, 11, sister Caroline Jadul 7, both of Redding, Mass., and Christian Hoyt, 11, of Brockton, Mass., cheer Boston Red Sox players floating by on amphibious duck Bnoats during a rolling victory parade on the Charles River Saturday, Nov. 2, 2013, in Cambridge Mass. (AP Photo/Josh Reynolds)

  • Boston Red Sox's Jon Lester, top center, and Jake Peavy, right, wave from a duck boat on the Charles River during a rolling victory parade celebrating the baseball team's World Series title, Saturday, Nov. 2, 2013, in Boston. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer

    Boston Red Sox's Jon Lester, top center, and Jake Peavy, right, wave from a duck boat on the Charles River during a rolling victory parade celebrating the baseball team's World Series title, Saturday, Nov. 2, 2013, in Boston. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer

  • Fans gathered along the Charles River as Boston Red Sox players ride past on amphibious duck boats during the baseball team's World Series victory parade Saturday, Nov. 2, 2013, in Cambridge, Mass. (AP Photo/Josh Reynolds)

    Fans gathered along the Charles River as Boston Red Sox players ride past on amphibious duck boats during the baseball team's World Series victory parade Saturday, Nov. 2, 2013, in Cambridge, Mass. (AP Photo/Josh Reynolds)

  • Boston Red Sox manager John Farrell waves beside a World Series trophy while riding in  an amphibious duck boat on the Charles River during a victory parade celebrating the team's World Series title Saturday, Nov. 2, 2013, in Cambridge, Mass. (AP Photo/Josh Reynolds)

    Boston Red Sox manager John Farrell waves beside a World Series trophy while riding in an amphibious duck boat on the Charles River during a victory parade celebrating the team's World Series title Saturday, Nov. 2, 2013, in Cambridge, Mass. (AP Photo/Josh Reynolds)

  • Boston Red Sox's Jonny Gomes carries the 2013 World Series trophy and a team jersey to the finish line of the Boston Marathon, in honor of those affected by the bombings, as they stopped the parade in celebration of the baseball team's World Series win, Saturday, Nov. 2, 2013, in Boston. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

    Boston Red Sox's Jonny Gomes carries the 2013 World Series trophy and a team jersey to the finish line of the Boston Marathon, in honor of those affected by the bombings, as they stopped the parade in celebration of the baseball team's World Series win, Saturday, Nov. 2, 2013, in Boston. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

  • Boston Red Sox players Mike Napoli, left, and Jonny Gomes wave to fans as they float along the Charles River in an amphibious duck boat during a victory parade celebrating the team's World Series title Saturday, Nov. 2, 2013, in Cambridge, Mass. (AP Photo/Josh Reynolds)

    Boston Red Sox players Mike Napoli, left, and Jonny Gomes wave to fans as they float along the Charles River in an amphibious duck boat during a victory parade celebrating the team's World Series title Saturday, Nov. 2, 2013, in Cambridge, Mass. (AP Photo/Josh Reynolds)

  • Boston Red Sox players Mike Napoli, left, and Jonny Gomes wave to fans as they float along the Charles River in an amphibious duck boat during a victory parade celebrating the team's World Series title Saturday, Nov. 2, 2013, in Cambridge, Mass. (AP Photo/Josh Reynolds)

    Boston Red Sox players Mike Napoli, left, and Jonny Gomes wave to fans as they float along the Charles River in an amphibious duck boat during a victory parade celebrating the team's World Series title Saturday, Nov. 2, 2013, in Cambridge, Mass. (AP Photo/Josh Reynolds)

  • Boston Red Sox's Jonny Gomes carries the 2013 World Series trophy and a team jersey to the finish line of the Boston Marathon, in honor of those affected by the bombings, as they stopped the parade in celebration of the baseball team's World Series win, Saturday, Nov. 2, 2013, in Boston. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)
  • Boston Red Sox's Jonny Gomes, second from left, and Jarrod Saltalamacchia hold up baseball jerseys during a pause in their World Series victory rolling rally in Boston, Saturday, Nov. 2, 2013, to remember those affected by the Marathon bombing. They presented the jerseys to workers at two of the businesses at the bombing sites, including, second from right, Shane O'Hara and at far right, Dan Solo. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)
  • Lisa Jay, of North Reading, Mass., holds a sign while waiting along the bank of the Charles River Saturday, Nov. 2, 2013, in Cambridge, Mass., for Boston Red Sox players to ride past in amphibious duck boats during a rolling victory parade celebrating the team's World Series title. (AP Photo/Josh Reynolds)
  • Melissa Shaw, of Farmington, N.H., reacts as Boston Red Sox players float past on amphibious duck boats during the team's World Series victory parade on the Charles River Saturday, Nov. 2, 2013, in Cambridge, Mass. (AP Photo/Josh Reynolds)
  • Boston Red Sox's Jarrod Saltalamacchia, left, holds the World Series trophy as Ryan Dempster, center, raises his arm from a duck boat on the Charles River during a rolling victory parade celebrating the team's World Series title Saturday, Nov. 2, 2013, in Boston. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)
  • Duck boats line up in Fenway Park in advance of the Boston Red Sox's championship parade in celebration of the baseball team's World Series win, Saturday, Nov. 2, 2013, in Boston. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)
  • Boston Police gather near the "B Strong" logo, in honor of those affected by the Boston Marathon bombings, at Fenway Park in advance of the Boston Red Sox's championship parade in celebration of the baseball team's World Series win, Saturday, Nov. 2, 2013, in Boston. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)
  • Carlos Arredondo raises his arms as he waves to fans at Fenway Park in advance of the Boston Red Sox's championship parade in celebration of the baseball team's World Series win, Saturday, Nov. 2, 2013, in Boston. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)
  • Boston Red Sox fans line Boylston Street during a parade in celebration of the baseball team's World Series win, Saturday, Nov. 2, 2013, in Boston. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)
  • Boston Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz shakes hands with Colin Petty, owner of the Marathon Sports store, at the finish line of the Boston Marathon during a parade in celebration of the baseball team's World Series win, Saturday, Nov. 2, 2013, in Boston.  The team honored those affected by the marathon bombings by stopping the rolling parade in tribute. One of the two bombs were detonated in front of Petty's store. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)
  • Boston Red Sox catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia takes pictures as he rides in a duck boat during a rolling rally in Boston, Saturday, Nov. 2, 2013 to celebrate their World Series championship. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)
  • Police flank duck boats carrying Boston Red Sox players away from Fenway Park during a rolling parade in celebration of the baseball team's World Series win, Saturday, Nov. 2, 2013, in Boston. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)
  • Boston Red Sox president Larry Lucchino, right, tips his cap to fans as majority owner John Henry holds the 2013 World Series championship trophy during a parade in celebration of the baseball team's win, Saturday, Nov. 2, 2013, in Boston. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)
  • A giant head photograph of Boston Red Sox's Dustin Pedroia is held out of a duck boat at Fenway Park as they prepare to leave for a parade in celebration of the baseball team's World Series win, Saturday, Nov. 2, 2013, in Boston. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)
  • Boston Red Sox' David Ortiz holds up a championship belt as he and fellow players ride on a duck boat, Saturday, Nov. 2, 2013, on the Charles River in Boston, during a rolling parade celebrating the team's World Series title. (AP Photo/Josh Reynolds)
  • Boston Red Sox's David Ross, right, cheers with fans as teammate Will Middlebrooks, left, takes a photograph during a rolling parade in celebration of the baseball team's World Series win, Saturday, Nov. 2, 2013, in Boston. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)
  • From left, Emma Jadul, 11, sister Caroline Jadul 7, both of Redding, Mass., and Christian Hoyt, 11, of Brockton, Mass., cheer Boston Red Sox players floating by on amphibious duck Bnoats during a rolling victory parade on the Charles River Saturday, Nov. 2, 2013, in Cambridge Mass. (AP Photo/Josh Reynolds)
  • Boston Red Sox's Jon Lester, top center, and Jake Peavy, right, wave from a duck boat on the Charles River during a rolling victory parade celebrating the baseball team's World Series title, Saturday, Nov. 2, 2013, in Boston. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer
  • Fans gathered along the Charles River as Boston Red Sox players ride past on amphibious duck boats during the baseball team's World Series victory parade Saturday, Nov. 2, 2013, in Cambridge, Mass. (AP Photo/Josh Reynolds)
  • Boston Red Sox manager John Farrell waves beside a World Series trophy while riding in  an amphibious duck boat on the Charles River during a victory parade celebrating the team's World Series title Saturday, Nov. 2, 2013, in Cambridge, Mass. (AP Photo/Josh Reynolds)
  • Boston Red Sox's Jonny Gomes carries the 2013 World Series trophy and a team jersey to the finish line of the Boston Marathon, in honor of those affected by the bombings, as they stopped the parade in celebration of the baseball team's World Series win, Saturday, Nov. 2, 2013, in Boston. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)
  • Boston Red Sox players Mike Napoli, left, and Jonny Gomes wave to fans as they float along the Charles River in an amphibious duck boat during a victory parade celebrating the team's World Series title Saturday, Nov. 2, 2013, in Cambridge, Mass. (AP Photo/Josh Reynolds)
  • Boston Red Sox players Mike Napoli, left, and Jonny Gomes wave to fans as they float along the Charles River in an amphibious duck boat during a victory parade celebrating the team's World Series title Saturday, Nov. 2, 2013, in Cambridge, Mass. (AP Photo/Josh Reynolds)

BOSTON – From the Green Monster to the Charles River, the bearded champions celebrated their improbable journey with another familiar sight in Boston.

The World Series trophy.

For the third time in 10 years, the Red Sox carried the prize through their city in a rolling rally of amphibious duck boats as thousands of fans lined the streets and the banks of the waterway that separates Boston from Cambridge.

The most poignant moment occurred early in yesterday’s trip when the vehicles stopped at the Boston Marathon finish line, near where two explosions killed three spectators at the race on April 15.

Outfielder Jonny Gomes placed the trophy on the line and he and catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia held Red Sox jerseys with the words “BOSTON STRONG” and the number 617, the city’s area code. A jersey with that message hung in the Red Sox dugout throughout the season after the bombings.

On a mild, sunny day, noted tenor Ronan Tynan sang “God Bless America” and the crowd joined in.

“That was an emotional moment,” Gomes said. “To bring the World Series trophy to the finish line, I don’t think that the story was written that way, but I was glad to be a part of it and put the exclamation point on it.”

Before the rally began at Fenway, Manager John Farrell recalled that the Red Sox had left after their 3-2 win over the Tampa Bay Rays the day of the marathon for Logan Airport for a road trip. Along the way, they saw emergency vehicles responding to the explosions.

“Knowing that we were heading out of town, that’s going to bring … a lot of uncertainty at that moment,” Farrell said, “because no one knew where to turn next. So we were fortunate to be part of maybe a little bit of a healing process.”

Second baseman Dustin Pedroia said: “We played for the whole city, what the city went through.”

Boston’s climb from last place in the AL East in 2012 to the top of the baseball world was stunning.

But not to Pedroia, a gritty leader of a closely knit team that won the title with a 6-1 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals in Game 6 on Wednesday night. It was the first time the Red Sox won the Series at home in 95 years.

“The way we started spring training, it seemed like everybody counted us out,” he said. “We always said, ‘One day closer to a parade.’ It’s here.”

The line score from the clinching game was still on the scoreboard on the left-field wall as season-ticket holders gathered for a pre-rally ceremony.

“We just wanted this group to win so badly,” General Manager Ben Cherington told the crowd, “because we know they wanted it so badly.”

Then the team boarded 25 duck boats of many colors – pink, yellow, maroon, lime green, white and more – normally used for tourist trips.

Some boats even had light brown carpeting cut into the shape of beards attached on the front.

Players still had their beards, which some had grown all season long.

“Hopefully, we can all get together and shave them for a good cause,” third baseman Will Middlebrooks said.

Some fans also were at rolling rallies after the 2004 and 2007 championships.

“This may be the best parade yet,” said Charles Butler, 48, of Boston, who attended his third. “It is the best thing that could have happened to Boston right now. The bombing was a sad time, and now we have a reason to come together and celebrate.”

Anna Mitkevicius, 24, of Medford, watched from near the finish line that she never reached on April 15. She was stopped about one mile before the end because of the explosions.

“It is still a very emotional experience to come down here,” she said. “I didn’t know if it would be too hard to be at the finish line, but I’m happy I came. It felt really good to be here when everyone is celebrating and the mood is good.”

There was a very heavy police presence, with dogs and bullhorns.

Crowds were about 15 people deep on both sides near the finish line on Boylston Street. Many wore Red Sox gear, some with foam beards and holding signs “Papi for Mayor,” a vote for World Series MVP David Ortiz.

Farrell said if Ortiz hadn’t hit a tying grand slam in the eighth inning of Game 2 of the AL Championship Series against the Detroit Tigers “we might not be standing here today.”

Steve Horgan, the police officer who raised his arms in a “V” when Tigers right fielder Torii Hunter tumbled over the bullpen wall in pursuit of Ortiz’s homer, rode in the lead vehicle with John Henry and other team owners.

“A thrill of a lifetime,” Horgan said.

When the vehicles slid into the river – another big splash for the Red Sox – spectators cheered.

The departure from Fenway was delayed when a flatbed truck carrying the Dropkick Murphys, a band which had played at the ceremony, and heavy equipment became stuck in the turf along the first-base line.

A duck boat drove up in front of it and, with a tow rope between the vehicles, pulled the flatbed out of the ruts.

Less than three hours later, the rally was over.

“We were ready to go another lap,” Gomes said. “We didn’t want it to end. It was pretty fun.”

I AM A NEW YORKER BUT HOORAY FOR BOSTON....AS WE SAY IN N.Y. ....WAIT TILL NEXT YEAR ...

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