The moment, the precise moment, when the Boston Red Sox won the World Series really came back in April, in that first game at Fenway Park after the Boston Marathon bombings when David Ortiz took the microphone and said, “This is our [expletive] city! Nobody’s gonna dictate our freedom. Stay strong.”
On Wednesday night, after the Red Sox, with the “Boston Strong” patch on their uniforms, had throttled the St. Louis Cardinals in Game 6, the finish line of the marathon came back into play, with some of the celebrations and remembrances shifting there.
Eventually, it got a bit unruly, as Billy Baker of the Boston Globe reported. Fans kneeling to kiss the finish line were overtaken by fans snarling traffic and attempting to turn over cars.
Back at Fenway, Ortiz spoke to the crowd just after he received his Series MVP award. His message was just as emotional–and this time he edited himself. He pointed to the crowd, smiled, asked “Should I keep it clean?” and said:
“This is our bleeeeeeeeeep city!”
It was perfect, just as it was in April. And the entire team was aware of just what they meant to the city…and vice versa.
“There’s I think a civil responsibility that we have wearing this uniform, particularly here in Boston,” Red Sox manager John Farrell said. “And it became a connection initially, the way our guys reached out to individuals or to hospital visits. And it continued to build throughout the course of the season. I think our fans, they got to a point where they appreciated the way we played the game, how they cared for one another. And in return they gave these guys an incredible amount of energy to thrive on in this ballpark.”