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Elated Red Sox fans take to Boston’s streets in celebration

Fenway residents jumped, climbed, and sang their way through the night in celebration of the Red Sox’s ninth world series win.
Fenway residents jumped, climbed, and sang their way through the night in celebration of the Red Sox's ninth world series win. (Eva Maldonado)

From Kenmore Square to Boston Common, the streets of Boston were flooded with elated Red Sox fans Sunday night after the team defeated the Dodgers, 5-1, in Game 5 in Los Angeles to secure its ninth World Series title.

Hundreds gathered on the corner of Brookline Avenue and Lansdowne Street outside Fenway Park just before 11:30 p.m. The crowd danced, chanted, “Let’s go, Red Sox,” and sang “Dirty Water.”

Police had barricaded parts of Lansdowne for crowd control, and parts of Kenmore Square were closed to foot and vehicle traffic as Sunday turned into Monday.

According to Boston police, officers made just one arrest - a man near the intersection of Boylston and Charles streets around 1 a.m. The charges the man faces were not immediately available, though he could possibly appear in Boston Municipal Court later today.


A woman tried to climb a light post on Lansdowne, but quickly came down. At one point the crowd chanted, “Let’s go, duck boats” — likely in reference to a forthcoming victory parade. Someone also cued up Queen’s “We Are the Champions” on a speaker as the crowd sang along.

At Bleacher Bar on Lansdowne Street, beers were thrown in the air as the crowd celebrated the Red Sox win, and a “Beat LA” chant was soon struck up.

“I can’t imagine feeling better,” said Brian Rose, 31, a West Roxbury native who now resides in New York.

“Nothing beats a Series title,” said Riley Phillips, a 22-year-old Boston University graduate student who lives in Brighton.

One fan also posted video of Brookline Avenue shortly after the win.

Meanwhile, on Boston Common, bells started ringing and a flurry of “woos” cut through the silent air as the Sox clinched the series.

Flocks of people — some jogging, at least one exclaiming he had a cramp — made their way to the middle of the park, where chants of “Beat LA” were stopped only by more chants as new groups of people showed up.


Dylan McCaffery, a 20-year-old Emerson College student, was watching the game in his nearby dorm when the Sox won. A lifetime Sox fan, he said the team’s World Series wins only get better and better.

“It feels better than the first three times, every time is better than the last. Looking forward to many more,” he said, wearing a white-colored Sox jersey and cheering in the heart of crowd.

A young man climbed a light pole, slapping the light as the crowd erupted in cheers before he slid down.

Police could be heard telling people who were climbing trees to get down.

Maria Rivera of Dorchester hung out of the passenger window of a car on Boylston Street.Pat Greenhouse/Globe Staff

In the half hour following the victory, the perimeter of the crowd expanded and more fans trickled in from all corners of the Common. Scores continued to stream into the crowd just after midnight from the area of the Boston Public Garden.

Josh Roach, who said he is in his mid-40s, lives near the park and made his way down with his family as the game ended.

“You can hear the crowds coming from the college dorms,” he said. “It’s great. We love this city.”

Within an hour after the Sox win, fans had already dissipated by Cask n’ Flagon near Fenway Park, and the crowd size on Boston Common started to plateau.

Around 12:30 a.m., a man climbed a light pole on the Common and broke it with a couple of punches.


“Let him go,” the crowd chanted once he slipped down and disappeared into the sea of people.

Soon after, officers started telling the crowd, “Let’s go,” as they tried to get people to disperse.

At about half past midnight, the crowd started slowly fading into nearby Tremont Street.

Some, however, appeared more persistent in staying than others. A young man who said he was from Swampscott held a traffic cone over the Santa Claus hat on his head and posed for a photographer before a police officer took the cone.

Boston police Officer James Kenneally, a department spokesman, told the Globe around 12:45 a.m. that there were no arrests or major incidents to report.

“So far so good,” he said.

Fans celebrated after the Red Sox won their ninth World Series championship.Jessica Rinaldi/Globe Staff

Globe correspondent Abigail Feldman contributed to this report.