Caelin Mooney, a junior majoring in Human Development and Child Life, has been supporting the Boston Red Sox all season. In this post, she shares her experience at the rolling rally celebrating the 2013 World Series Champions.
I will never forget October 30th. The Red Sox won their third World Series title in ten years, and for the first time since 1918, they won it at Fenway Park! I am a Red Sox fanatic and have never been happier to be in Boston for this moment. After the Red Sox won everyone knew the tradition, there would be a rolling rally of duck boats filled with our new World Champions rolling from Fenway Park to the Charles River down Boylston Street. On the day of the parade my friends and I woke up at 8 in the morning, went to Dunkin Donuts, and made our way down to the corner of Ipswich and Boylston Street to get a good spot. We were able to get about 3 rows back from the railing and had a prime location to see the champions come by. It was all starting to sink in–the Red Sox WON THE WORLD SERIES!
When the time had finally come the first duck boat came by filled with the ownership team and the World Series trophy. The boats kept on rolling through the city and there were so many who attended the parade. The Dropkick Murphys came by on a flatbed playing “Tessie” their Red Sox anthem, and Jonny Gomes was on their bus lending a hand with the vocals. There was confetti flying, kids cheering, people crying, and players soaking in every moment of the city appreciating all they have done.
After all of the boats had gone by and we had cheered for our players (I may have shed a few tears), we walked back to Wheelock and I watched the rest of the parade on TV. That’s when I saw that the fans down by the marathon finish line had started singing “God Bless America” when the boats got there and Jonny Gomes had gotten out and put the World Series trophy and a “Boston 617” jersey that the team had traveled with all season down on the finish line. That’s when it sank in, these players didn’t win this World Series just for them, they won it for the city of Boston and all this city has endured since April 15th. This was an amazing team to follow all season and being at Wheelock made it so accessible to really be a part of the season and eventually, the celebration. Now the off season has begun and we will get to see what moves the Sox make to put another amazing team out on the field. Let’s hope most of the “boys are back” as the Dropkick Murphys would say!