The Boston Red Sox had a familiar celebration on Nov. 2. It used to be a once in a lifetime event for the Red Sox to have a victory parade, and now it has happened three times in 10 years. Nevertheless, while Boston celebrated another World Series in traditional fashion, the ceremony offered one last chance for the Red Sox to honor the victims of the Boston Marathon bombing.
The Red Sox's journey really started in the aftermath of the terrorist act, as they played a part in helping Boston recover when Fenway Park reopened. All season, the club proclaimed themselves to be "Boston Strong" as they rose from worst to first to the World Series crown.
So on Nov. 2, the team stopped their usual parade of "duck boats" at the finish line of the marathon, where the bombing took place. There, the World Series trophy was placed on the ground, while the Red Sox displayed the jersey "617 Boston Strong" they have hung in their dugout all season.
While the 2004 championship was linked to breaking the Curse of the Bambino, this title will be forever linked to Boston's strength after the marathon -- and to the Red Sox's trademark beards. Although the season is now over, those beards were still on display during the parade, yet at least a few will probably be shaved before spring training.
Boston has become old hat at hosting victory parades since the 2002 Super Bowl, and may host at least two more for the Patriots and Bruins by this time next year. However, the circumstances and journey towards this parade were unlike any other in this golden age of Boston sports, or for the Red Sox themselves. As such, the parade reflected this fact in a very fitting ending.