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November 1, 2013

Resilient Red Sox lift Boston in wake of bombings

BOSTON (AP) — For fans and players who celebrated the Red Sox World Series title with cries of “Boston Strong,” the championship provided a jubilant finish to a season that was shadowed nearly from the start by the April bombings at the Boston Marathon.

The morning after he cheered the victory inside Fenway Park, Ed Carlson returned yesterday to the marathon finish line he had crossed months earlier, 20 minutes before the bombs went off, and then had scrambled to find his children in the ensuing chaos.

“It was quite a year,” said Carlson, 51, of Princeton. “To be at the marathon and then to be there for the World Series. I still tear up thinking about it.”

The success of the Red Sox, who finished last in their division only a year ago, became a welcome surprise and eventually a symbol of resilience for a city recovering from the twin bombings that killed three people and wounded more than 260.

A Duck Boat Rolling Rally parade was set for tomorrow morning in Boston to celebrate the championship. The parade route will be going past the Boylston Street site of the April Marathon tragedy.

Robert Duston of Haverhill said he will be among those attending the rally.

Duston, 59, said he plans to leave by 7:30 a.m. He’ll be taking the train, he said, because the roads going into Boston “will be a zoo.” He will be accompanied by his grandson, Jarith Danskin, 22.

Duston brought his grandson to Boston for the 2004 and 2007 victory celebrations, so this time Danskin is repaying the favor, he said.

“I was excited,” he said, when the Sox clinched it Wednesday night. Duston, who has been watching and cheering for the Red Sox for more than 50 years, said his favorite player from the old days is Carl Yastrzemski.

Among the current team, the honor goes to Dustin Pedroia, he said.

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