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November 3, 2013

It was a Ducky Day for Champion Red Sox

Red Sox take third title ride through Boston in 10 years


Both nieces loved seeing the players up close.

“I liked seeing Napoli and Ortiz,” Gianna Grelle, 12, said.

Her younger sister is more of a Dustin Pedroia fan.

“He’s my favorite player,” Jenny Grelle, 9, said.

Brown twisted her ankle during the parade and had a sore back from holding up Gianna on her shoulders.

“It was worth it though,” she said.

Brown noted that the fans of her nieces’ generation are very different than the fans from her generation.

“They have got to see so much success and winning,” she said. “They’re spoiled.”

The Grelle sisters said they are fans of the beards which many of the players started growing during the season.

“They’re funny,” Jenny Grelle said.

Players have yet to shave their beards off.

“Hopefully, we can all get together and shave them for a good cause,” Will Middlebrooks said.

The beards are coming off for World Series Most Valuable Player David Ortiz and outfielder Shane Victorino tomorrow, as part of a promotion. The Red Sox players’ beards became a symbol of their solidarity as they went from worst to first and won the team’s third World Series title in 10 years.

Suddenly famous bullpen policeman Steve Horgan and a fan chosen by social media will join them during a shave-off at Gillette headquarters in Boston.

Horgan became a fixture in Boston after he was photographed with his arms in the air celebrating Ortiz’s grand slam in the AL championship series against Detroit.

Haverhill resident Joseph Martineau yesterday said his favorite part of the parade was when Ortiz rolled by and the crowd erupted with cheering and chanting.

“Everyone was chanting “MVP” when he came out,” Martineau said. “It was amazing. You could really feel the unity of the city then.”

Lawrence resident Jarlin Gomez got to see the players get ready for the parade and come back from it inside Fenway Park.

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