“It was awesome,” he said. “You could just tell everyone was so excited to be there.”
Gomez said his favorite part of the day was getting to see Ortiz as well.
“He’s the best,” Gomez simply said.
Eight Methuen police officers went to Boston to help out with crowd control, according to Methuen police Chief Joseph Solomon. The officers were assigned to foot patrols in the parade area, he said.
The rolling parade also stopped near the Marathon finish line where two terror bombs went off on April 15, killing three people and injuring more than 260. The tragic events of the Marathon were not far from many fans’ minds. “Boston Strong” became a rallying cry for this year’s team, as the Green Monster at Fenway Park sported the B strong logo in red on Navy blue while a huge logo was cut in the outfield grass.
Many fans said this season the Red Sox have been a helpful distraction from the terror of that fateful day.
“I think the Red Sox helped everyone forget a little bit,” Powers said. “It helped us heal in a way.”
Balsamo, like many fans, believes the marathon was motivation to the Sox’s successful drive to the championship.
“I think they really came together as a team after that,” Balsamo said.
“After what Boston went through, I think they wanted us to smile again. It’s all about being Boston strong,” she said.
Players Jonny Gomes and Jarrod Saltalamacchia placed the World Series trophy on the marathon finish line. They also presented “Boston Strong” jerseys with the number 617 — Boston’s telephone area code — to the city as “God Bless America” played. Dustin Pedroia and David Ortiz also got off their duck boats to pay their respects at the finish line.
“That was an emotional moment,” Gomes said. “To bring the World Series trophy to the finish line, I don’t think that the story was written that way, but I was glad to be a part of it and put the exclamation point on it.”