Wednesday marked the first time the Red Sox had a chance to celebrate with the city since they wrapped up their fourth title in 15 years with a Game 5 victory in Los Angeles on Sunday night. Is anything better than the confluence of Halloween and a championship parade?
Utility player Brock Holt had a message for fans before the parade. “We love it in Boston so much, me and my wife, [son] Griff. … We have a house here, so this is kind of like a second home to us now,” he told NESN. “We’re so thankful to be a part of this city, to be a part of this organization, to be a part of this team. And we all did this together, so y’all should be just as proud.”
Some significant on-field news broke for the Red Sox before their championship parade started rolling. David Price, who started and won Game 5 of the World Series, announced he planned to opt-in to the remaining four years of his contract and remain in Boston until 2022.
“We’re coming back,” Price said on the local television broadcast of the parade. “We’ll be here for four more years and we want to win another one.”
The 33-year-old left hander will be paid $31 million in 2019, and then $32 million for each of the next three years.
He was very clearly a fan favorite on the parade route.
The Red Sox didn’t seem to mind as Bostonians hurled beers up to the duck boats. Some of the players drank the beers. Others smashed them on the hulls of the boats and sprayed the crowd with suds. Lovely.
Check out the trains just to get downtown. They were stuffed to the gills with people pressed up against the doors.
A classy move from the Dodgers: The team placed a full-page ad in the Boston Globe to congratulate the Red Sox:
The parade route went from Fenway Park to Government Center. And the duck boats began rolling with fans lined up behind barricades some 10-people deep:
The players rode on duck boats, but there was also a giant duck boot rolling down Boylston Street. The footwear with the rubber toe is a classic part of Boston fashion, perfect for keeping warm in the winter while wading through sloshy ice and snow.
Remember when Boston lost Game 2 of the American League Division Series? Yeah, it happened: a 6-2 loss at Fenway Park to the New York Yankees. David Price only lasted an inning and two-thirds and gave up three runs. Eduardo Rodriguez gave up three more runs in the seventh inning.
And then the Red Sox came back a game later and beat the Yankees, 16-1, in Game 3. Boston Manager Alex Cora wanted to make sure fans, both in Boston and New York, remembered it.
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