Boston Strong spirit alive as fans celebrate win
BOSTON (WHDH) -- There was something so special about this year. The 2013 World Series win symbolized so much more than just a baseball game.
Fans flooded Copley standing on the sacred ground of the marathon bombing.
At the finish line the cheering took on a very personal message.
“Boston Strong! Boston Strong! Boston Strong!”
A message these players carried in their hearts every time they took the field this season.
“The stuff that happened to this city, we wanted to do something special and make everybody happy and proud of their team in the toughest of times and hopefully we did that,” said Dustin Pedroia.
“I tell you what I don't think we put Boston on our back. I think we jumped on their back. They wouldn't let us quit. This World Series isn't icing on the cake. I think it just turned into a lifestyle,” said Johnny Gomes.
When David Ortiz received his MVP award, he held the trophy in the air and said, “First of all, I want to say this is for you Boston!”
David Ortiz is not shy at all about how the Marathon bombing affected him - who can forget his passionate, yet R-rated speech back in April?
Marathon bombing hero Carlos Arredondo, wearing his trademark cowboy hat watched the Red Sox win it all and said they are a huge part of what makes Boston strong.
“It’s time to celebrate. We were grieving. Now we celebrate…it's amazing how we are all united - stood up together and we did it! Amazingly,” said Carlos Arredondo, known for his heroic rescue efforts in the aftermath of the Boston Marathon bombings.
“I'm sure that everybody in our uniform, whether they are here going forward or elsewhere, they'll look back on the events that took place and the way things unfolded as a special year. There's no way we can say it any other way,” said John Farrell.
The Red Sox and the Marathon were intertwined all season long. Many of the players visited hospitals and survivors to try and lift spirits.
“When the marathon tragedy happened they didn’t need to be told anything. It was a group of players that just did stuff on their own, came together on their on. It was a completely genuine organic statement," Red Sox General Manager Ben Cherington said.