BOSTON — Jubilant Red Sox fans took to the streets around Fenway Park to cheer their team’s World Series victory Wednesday night, the first time Boston has won baseball’s fall classic at home in 95 years.
Fans chanted and caroused outside the ballpark and nearby bars after Boston vanquished the St. Louis Cardinals 6-1 in Game 6. Several fans were seen giving high fives to police officers.
“Words cannot describe how I feel,” said Sam D’Arrigo. “This is what being a Boston fan is all about.”
The win capped an emotional season for the Red Sox, one heavy with the reminder of the Boston Marathon bombings in April. Players wore “Boston Strong” logos on their left sleeves and erected a large emblem on the outfield wall known as the Green Monster as a constant reminder.
A “B Strong” logo was mowed into the center-field grass at Fenway.
“We needed this (victory),” after the bombings that killed 3 people and wounded more than 260, said Mark Porcaro of Boston. “They were an easy team to get behind because they stood up for us when we needed them most,” following the tragedy.
The Red Sox have now won three World Series in a decade, but they hadn’t won at home since 1918.
An excited Boston Mayor Tom Menino tweeted: “Get the ducks ready, we’re having a parade.”
Police set up barriers to funnel the crowds away from Fenway Park and mounted police and officers on bicycles patrolled the area. Some fans were obviously intoxicated.
Police later said on Twitter that they’d arrested several people for unruly behavior. Throughout the night, the department had tweeted cautionary messages, encouraging fans to “Celebrate with pride” and “Celebrate responsibly.”
Police later thanked the “tens of thousands” of Red Sox fans who took their warnings seriously.
There were no reports of serious damage but at least one car was overturned.
Officials at the University of Massachusetts said 15 people — all but one of them students — were arrested after thousands gathered on the Amherst campus to celebrate the Red Sox win. Most of those arrested were charged with failing to disperse and two also with assault and battery on a police officer. No injuries were reported.
In New Hampshire, celebrations turned destructive at several college campuses. In the largest incident, University of New Hampshire officials say police used pepper spray and pepper balls to break up a crowd of several hundred students that had gathered at the Durham campus. Officials said some of the students threw bottles and cans at officers; five were arrested on disorderly conduct charges.
Chris LeBlanc of Glocester, R.I., skipped class last spring to watch the Red Sox’s season opener. On Wednesday he was at Fenway with his father Michael, hoping to score tickets.
Michael LeBlanc, 45, shook his head and smiled. He remembers well the decades of disappointment, the talk of curses and the blown chances. He knows what a treat it is to have a shot at three World Series wins in a decade.
“He doesn’t know how good he has it,” he said.