Rear Window Ethics Rear Window Ethics: Red Sox Parade

Saturday, October 30, 2004

Red Sox Parade

Today the city of Boston showed the difference between the New England Patriots and the Boston Red Sox.

After the Pats won their first Superbowl in team history, I was at their victory parade as it went down Boylston St. It was pretty insane, with crowds lining the route about 10 deep, people hanging from signposts and sitting atop T stations, and the general aura of "championship" warming the 1.5 million fans that came out on such a bitterly cold day.

Even then, on the day we celebrated our football team's vicotry, we couldn't help imagine what it would be like if the Sox won it all. Today, after 86 years of frustration, the city got to see the answer to that question.

Where fans stood ten deep at the Pats parade, they were lined twenty to thirty deep today. The route was twice as long, starting at Fenway and going to city hall before it turned and went INTO THE CHARLES RIVER to take a victory lap up and down the Boston and Cambridge sides.

It was a reminder that this city, which has such a dominating football team at the moment, had forever been and forever will be a baseball town. It was a a fantastic way for this city and this region to really begin to digest the fact that we all finally won. The football season will be over in January, and we all hope the Pats can win it all again, but we also know that come February, we'll have smiles on our faces because of this historic Boston Red Sox team that finally brought the best city in baseball another championship.