Boston: Sights, Sounds From Red Sox Rolling Rally

Red Sox manager Alex Cora points to the crowd as the Red Sox pass Government Center (Photo Credit: Brendan Connelly)

Red Sox manager Alex Cora points to the crowd as the Red Sox pass Government Center (Photo Credit: Brendan Connelly)

 

BOSTON – Some may call themselves spoiled.

But for most sports fans around New England, the last two decades have all been a part of a wave, a wave that they hope they can ride for many years to come. For the fourth time in the last 14 years, the Red Sox celebrated a World Series with fans by hosting a parade, which wrapped its way through the city of Boston Tuesday.

The 2018 season will forever be remembered as one of the greatest in Red Sox history, during which they set a team-record for regular season wins with 108, before bowling through the likes of the New York Yankees, the Houston Astros and the Los Angleles Dodgers on their MLB Playoff run. Until this season, the original team record for wins in a regular season was 105 – set back in 1912. The last time Boston eclipsed the century mark? 1946, when they won 104.

The day started with a rally over at Fenway Park, during which 33-year-old David Price told reporters that he was opting back into his contract with the team, which means the star pitcher will remain in Boston for the duration of his seven-year deal worth approximately $217 million. Price had until midnight this evening to decide as to whether he wanted to remain with the organization or explore the free agent market.

From that point, led by the popular local band, The Dropkick Murphys, the Duck Boats rolled through the streets. In addition to players, coaches and their family members included famous Red Sox alumni including David Ortiz and Pedro Martinez.

Hundreds of thousands turned out. However, for as many law-abiding bystanders as there were, as always there stood a handful of disruptive fans in attendance. Six were arrested during the rally, the most noteworthy being Patrick Connolly, 19, of Sandwich, who was charged with assault by means of a dangerous weapon after reportedly throwing an unopened can of beer at one of the Duck Boats, striking team manager Alex Cora. One of the World Series trophies was also damaged during the rally during the chaos. An unnamed female was hit by an errant can as well, and told to receive treatment for a gash on her nose, as reported by The Boston Globe

The parade route concluded around 1 p.m. on Staniford Street.

It is the eleventh sports title since 2001 for the city of Boston.

The Dropkick Murphys rock out on the Duck Boats Wednesday (Photo Credit: Brendan Connelly)

The Dropkick Murphys rock out on the Duck Boats Wednesday (Photo Credit: Brendan Connelly)

Red Sox legend David Ortiz takes in the parade with Team Owner John Henry and Chairman Tom Werner among others (Photo Credit: Brendan Connelly)

Red Sox legend David Ortiz takes in the parade with Team Owner John Henry and Chairman Tom Werner among others (Photo Credit: Brendan Connelly)

Second baseman Ian Kinsler waves a flag that reads: "Believe in Boston", alongside World Series MVP Steve Pearce and first baseman Mitch Moreland (Photo Credit: Brendan Connelly)

Second baseman Ian Kinsler waves a flag that reads: “Believe in Boston”, alongside World Series MVP Steve Pearce and first baseman Mitch Moreland (Photo Credit: Brendan Connelly)

 

 

 

About Brendan Connelly

Brendan Connelly, a lifetime native of Scituate, comes to WATD via the University of Massachusetts, where he graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Communications. During his time in Amherst, Brendan worked extensively with the University’s Radio Station WMUA 91.1 FM, in their sports department as a Broadcaster and Reporter. He also wrote for the Northampton-based periodical, the Daily Hampshire Gazette, in their Sports Department. Following his graduation in May 2014, Brendan applied at WATD, and was then hired a few weeks later as a Sales Executive. Shortly thereafter, he would gradually work his way into the Sports Department, becoming a weekly host on the Sports Exchange with Bill Wilhelm. One year later, Brendan officially took over the Morning Sports with Rob & Lisa, giving updates on Local High School Sports News Tuesdays through Fridays. Brendan still consistently sells advertising space as well for WATD, and helps Bill Wilhelm’s team at sporting events as a commentator. During his career with WATD, Brendan has had the opportunity to interview the likes of Tom Brady, Rob Gronkowski, Kyrie Irving, Isaiah Thomas, Zdeno Chara, and many more. Outside the station, Brendan also works as a Sports Writer for the Boston Herald, who hired his services one month following WATD. Brendan has also interned as a broadcaster for the Brockton Rox, which he completed during the summer of 2012.