Monday, October 29, 2007
Papelbon to wear dancing shoes for Tuesday parade
BOSTON -- Jonathan Papelbon will take his wacky Irish jig on
the road Tuesday when the Boston Red Sox hold their World Series
The "rolling rally" on World War II-era amphibious duck boats
will take the same route as the 2004 championship parade, except
they won't go into the Charles River, Mayor Thomas Menino said
Monday. It will begin at noon ET at Lansdowne Street, circle Fenway
Park, take Boylston Street to Boston Common and end near City Hall.
Menino said Papelbon would celebrate with his now-infamous
dancing, and the Dropkick Murphys also will play along the parade
"He has to do a dance," Menino said. "He promised the people
he would do a dance."
Menino acknowledged having the celebration on a weekday would
inconvenience some businesses and keep school children away, but
said players were eager to get home to their families and begin
The Red Sox swept the Colorado Rockies Sunday night with a 4-3
win in Denver.
President George W. Bush telephoned Red Sox
president Larry Lucchino on Monday to congratulate the team on
winning the World Series.
Bush congratulated the team just before players, co-owners and
other officials left Denver. He praised the contribution of Texans
Josh Beckett and Mike Timlin, Red Sox spokesman John Blake said.
He also talked about his relationship with Red Sox co-owners
John Henry and Tom Werner when all three were involved in ownership
of Major League Baseball franchises, Blake said in a statement.
Bush was a general partner in the Texas Rangers from 1989 until
his election as Governor of Texas in 1994. His interest in the
Rangers was then placed in a trust until that ownership group sold
the team in 1998.
The Red Sox were expected to arrive back in Boston about
3:30 p.m. Monday and head over to Fenway Park.
Menino also said a "rolling rally" was easier for city
officials to manage, because it spread out the crowds. He estimated
security would cost $500,000.
Fans began celebrating immediately after the Red Sox won their
second World Series title in four years.
Police spokeswoman Elaine Driscoll said 37 arrests were made
early Monday in the city, mostly for disorderly conduct. No serious
injuries were reported.
Thirteen people were arrested after they refused to leave the
Kenmore Square area near Fenway Park, police said. After police
told a large crowd of people to disperse, several officers were
struck by rocks and bottles. Sixteen cars parked along Newbury
Street were vandalized, with broken side view mirrors and windows,
or damaged windshield wipers.
The police department had announced it would have more than 50
cameras trained on the city to record any vandalism. Boston
authorities cracked down on rowdy sports celebrations after an
Emerson College student was struck and killed when police fired a
pepper pellet into an unruly crowd celebrating the Red Sox's 2004
victory over the New York Yankees in the American League