(Adds details on fans, plans for parade)
By Jason Szep
BOSTON Oct 29 Hundreds of Red Sox fans jammed
Boston's streets on Monday to celebrate their team's second
World Series victory in four years, some hurling rocks at
police in riot gear, smashing windows and lighting fires.
Police moved in on a crowd of up to 2,000 around Boston's
historic Fenway Park, where at least one sport utility vehicle
was overturned just after midnight after the Red Sox beat the
Colorado Rockies 4-3 on Sunday in Denver in a four-game sweep.
Some fans climbed trees or streetlamps, shouting at police
as celebrations briefly turned violent. A Boston police
spokeswoman said 37 arrests were made. At least one person was
treated for a head wound, local WBZ TV said.
Rioting fans smashed automobile windshields, trampled on
cars, hurled bottles at police and lit small fires but these
were extinguished by emergency authorities, local TV showed.
The crowds were smaller and more orderly than in 2004, when
Boston ended an 86-year championship drought and exorcised what
generations of fans had called a "curse."
Boston police wanted to avoid a repeat of a Fenway riot on
Oct. 21, 2004, when police fired pepper pellets into crowds,
killing a student, after Boston rallied from behind to beat the
Yankees in New York to advance into the World Series.
Sunday's win over Colorado was hailed as a new era for the
Red Sox, which had been dismissed as baseball's perennial
also-rans before their 2004 World Series victory.
"It's unbelievable, incredible and amazing," said Jenny
Lyden, 33, a teacher from Wellesley, Massachusetts. "There are
people out there who might not be able to appreciate all the
pain that we went through before 2004," she added.
THE NEW YANKEES?
Office water-cooler talk focused on the Red Sox becoming
the new Yankees, baseball's greatest dynasty and Boston's top
rival. Already, Boston's $146 million payroll makes them Major
League Baseball's second-highest paid team after New York.
"These Red Sox are the Yankees of a new generation," wrote
sports columnist Hal Bodley of USA Today, the nation's largest
"The Red Sox are poised to become baseball's next dynasty.
The way the Red Sox handled the Rockies reminds me of the Joe
Torre-managed New York Yankees in the late 1990s," he wrote.
"Red Sox Nation," an ardent base of traveling supporters,
has swelled since 2004 and sometimes outnumbers home team fans
at Boston road games. Not even the Yankees played in front of
bigger crowds on the road in the 2007 regular season.
Hundreds gathered again at Fenway in the afternoon as the
Red Sox returned from Denver. Fans snapped up T-shirts, caps,
stuffed versions of the team's "Green Monster" mascot, anything
to serve as a souvenir. A parade will be held Tuesday.
"It's better this year. It's going to get better every
year," said Boston fan Jamie Lashway of Amherst, Massachusetts.
"The Red Sox are on a tear," added Steve Graves of Belchertown,
"A new era dawns for the Red Sox," declared The Boston
Globe on its Web site. "This time the wait was only 3 percent
as long as the last one. We didn't have to raid nursing homes
to find people who actually saw the Red Sox win their last
World Series," wrote Boston Globe columnist Bob Ryan.
(Additional reporting by Av Harris)