Boston, MD, United States (4E Sports) – World Series champs Boston Red Sox paid tribute to the Boston Marathon bombing victims, stopping their procession of Duck Boats at the bombing site at Boylston Street finish line.
Outfielder Jonny Gomes placed the World Series trophy and a “617 Boston Strong” Red Sox jersey at the site.
The jersey hung in the dugout this season after the bombings.
Gomes and catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia also presented jerseys to Marathon Sports owner Collin Peddie and managers Shane O’Hara and Dan Soleau.
David Ortiz also got off his Duck Boat, high-fiving the Copley crowd as he walked along the parade route. He jumped onto the flatbed truck and grabbed the microphone, rallying the crowd with as he took on the roll of rally emcee.
Throngs of fans flocking to Boylston Street sang “Sweet Caroline” and “God Bless America” before the procession even approached.
They later lined the streets chanting, “Boston Strong!” as supporters hung out the windows to catch a glimpse of the passing procession.
The team also paid homage to the Boston Marathon bombings motto, with Gov. Deval Patrick declaring, “We are Boston Strong.”
“It’s a tremendous source of pride and excitement. It’s great for the city. It’s great for all of us,” said Patrick.
The duck boats later splashed down into the Charles River.