37 arrested at World Series celebrations
BOSTON ” Police in riot gear cleared several large crowds gathered around Fenway Park early Monday after the Red Sox won their second World Series title in four years. Police said they made 37 arrests, mostly for disorderly conduct.
Thirteen people were arrested after they refused to leave the Kenmore Square area near Fenway Park, police said. After police told a large crowd to leave, several officers were struck by rocks and bottles. Sixteen cars in one area were vandalized.
No serious injuries were reported.
Young people sprayed each other with beer and some climbed street signs or utility poles.
“Two World Series in four years is pure heaven,” said Andrew Dumas, a Boston University student from West Boylston.
Police shut down access to Kenmore Square as Game 4 neared its end in Denver Sunday night. The Red Sox won the game 4-3, touching off celebrations around New England.
Mayor Thomas Menino said the team will hold its World Series victory parade Tuesday.
The “rolling rally” on World War II-era amphibious duck boats will take the same route ” beginning at Fenway Park and ending near City Hall ” as the 2004 championship parade, except they won’t go into the Charles River, he said.
The celebration will include relief pitcher Jonathan Papelbon’s now-infamous wacky Irish jig, and the Dropkick Murphys also will play along the parade route.
Menino acknowledged having the celebration on a week day would inconvenience some businesses and keep school children away, but said players wanted to get home to their families and begin their vacation.
Boston authorities cracked down on rowdy sports celebrations after an Emerson College student was struck and killed by a pepper pellet fired by police into an unruly crowd celebrating the Red Sox’s 2004 victory over the New York Yankees in the American League Championship Series.
On Sunday, hundreds of police officers took positions on foot, bicycle and horseback around Fenway, hoping to discourage fans from congregating around the ballpark. The police department had announced it would have more than 50 cameras trained on the city to record any vandalism.
Elsewhere around the region, some 1,500 University of Massachusetts-Amherst students poured out of their dormitories after Boston won.
The university said on its Web site that the crowd was boisterous but peaceful, with no damage reported. Six people were arrested for disorderly conduct or for failing to obey a dispersal order that was issued at about 12:45 a.m.
One person suffered a minor injury when he fell to the ground while body surfing.
In Durham, N.H., several thousand University of New Hampshire students gathered on Main Street, many carrying brooms and chanting “sweep, sweep, sweep.”
Several dozen police officers, some in riot gear, pushed the crowds back toward campus and no arrests or injuries were reported.