Sox Win in Six, Fans Take to Streets to Celebrate
BU News Service
Exuberant Red Sox fans descended onto the streets around Fenway Park after the Boston Red Sox defeated the St. Louis Cardinals 6-1 to win the 2013 World Series Wednesday night. Even though fans were excited for the first World Series win at Fenway Park since 1918, Boston Police took extra precautions to make sure celebrations did not get out of hand.
Fans were met with barricades and Boston Police dressed in neon green overcoats at nearly every alley and street corner around the west side of Fenway Park. Boston Police alerted fans before the game that they would be blocking off the area around Fenway Park after the sixth inning of the game. Bars near the area would also not be allowing people in after that time. Beacon Street was nearly empty from the I-90 bridge to Kenmore Square, with only a few fans trickling out from the park immediately after the game.
That didn’t deter some fans. Hundreds rushed east on Commonwealth Avenue to gather in front of the barricade located just outside the Scoozi restaurant. Some were up on shoulders, others were in trees.
M.C., who asked to be identified only by his initials, came from the Joshua Tree Bar, which was located further up Commonwealth. “My TV was stuck on Tru TV, so I headed to the bar,” he said. “My friends had to leave, so I had to come on down here,” he said as he leaned against the overhang with his bicycle by the Blandford Street T stop.
Some fans were confused due to the area closures. Dale Moreau was at the game with his two sons and wife. They came all the way from Alexandria, La., to see the game. “We knew we wanted to make that game,” said Moreau. It was Moreau’s second Red Sox game at Fenway, and it was his kids’ first. They needed directions to get back to their hotel near Copley Square.
One car was overturned near Boylston Street, according to reports on Twitter. However, near the Scoozi restaurant the most destruction was due to people shaking trees. One fan popped open a bottle of champagne and shook it up with his friends. Fans were giving out high fives, chanting “USA, USA”, “Let’s Go Red Sox,” and “Yankees suck.”
The only chant that didn’t catch on was “Let’s go riot,” which one Sox yelled fan in the alley behind a Boston University chemistry building.