Boston Strong, the theme of the 2013 Red Sox — the entire city, really, after the Marathon bombings — was still being felt and seen. Pops conductor Keith Lockhart wore a Red Sox jersey with “617” as the number, signs outside the park honored the victims and survivors, and team staff added a single red rose to their outfits.
Then it began, with most of the Brewers looking on from the visitors
dugout. Banners nearly covering the length of the Green Monster in left
field were unfurled, first for 2004, then 2007, and finally 2013.
Those standing along the Wall at the bottom of the banners, wearing
white Red Sox jerseys also with “617” on the back, were some of those
who were affected most by the Marathon tragedy. There were family
members of Martin Richard, Krystal Campbell, and Sean Collier, who lost
their lives. There also were people who survived, and those who helped
They held in their hands the World Series rings that would soon be
given to the members of the 2013 Red Sox, and handed them to team owner
John Henry, team president Larry Lucchino, and team chairman Tom Werner. The players came out to a short video of highlights from 2013. World Series hero David Ortiz,was the final player to emerge
from the dugout. He collected not just one ring but a a
second ring for being named World Series MVP, then ran toward
left-center field, down the long line of teammates. As Ortiz reached the end of the line, the “2013 World Series
Champions” flag was raised, along with the American flag.
It was raised all the way up initially. Then a long
line of uniformed Boston police, fire, and first response personnel
walked out from center field to lowere the flags to half-staff.
Following player introductions for both teams, a moment of silence
was held for Edward Walsh Jr. and Michael Kennedy, the Boston
firefighters who died battling a Back Bay blaze on March 26. Scoreboards
went dark, the stands went silent.
The Sox had a few more treats planned before the game started. Backed
by the Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra, the Dropkick Murphys sang the
national anthem, then a brief version of their “I’m Shippin’ Up To
Emerging from under the banners still flying from the Wall were
trophy-carrying representatives of Boston’s recent decade of athletic
dominance. Former Sox Pedro Martinez, Jason Varitek, and Mike Lowell
carried the three most recent World Series trophies. The Patriots’ three
Super Bowl trophies were carried by Ty Law, Tedy Bruschi, and Troy
Brown. Leon Powe had his hands on the 2008 NBA championship trophy won
by the Celtics, and Mark Recchi drove Mayor Menino out in a golf cart was apparently the the
Stanley Cup was not available.
Flanked by Thomas Menino, the man he replaced after 21 years, Boston
Mayor Martin Walsh threw the ceremonial first pitch to Ortiz not long
after the trophy parade.