Thursday, 4:30 PM
26 arrested after Red Sox win pennant
(Yoon S. Byun/Globe Staff)
Police kept order overnight in Kenmore Square.
By Globe Staff
Boston police made 26 disorderly conduct arrests across the city overnight after the Red Sox defeated the Cleveland Indians to win the American League pennant at Fenway Park.
There were no major incidents stemming from the celebration, but the 26 people made excess noise and went too far, according to Officer James Kenneally, a police spokesman.
"Once the fun starts to infringe on the rights of others, then you are going to get arrested," Kenneally said.
The 26 people who were arrested will be arraigned today in Boston Municipal Court and Brighton District Court.
To contain the revelry overnight, hundreds of Boston police officers, many in riot gear and armed with pepper spray, surrounded the ballpark determined to keep the celebration peaceful while avoiding a tragedy like the one that struck the 2004 league championship celebration when a fan was killed outside the park.
Mayor Thomas M. Menino and Police Commissioner Edward F. Davis began the day with a call for restraint, announcing that no one would be allowed to enter or mull around Fenway Park after the start of the seventh inning.
At the Cask 'n Flagon pub on Brookline Avenue, patrons watched columns of officers march by, shoulder-to-shoulder, toward Kenmore Square. Some fans, lucky enough to be inside the park or in nearby nightspots before the streets were closed, snapped pictures of police in riot gear.
"I knew we were going to win," said Shannon Coldwell, who drove from Haverhill to see the game. She did not have tickets, but wanted to be near Fenway, so she settled for the glow of the stadium lights and the noise of the crowd on Lansdowne Street. "I just knew it," she said, cracking a giddy smile as the game came to a close.
Davis said police would use surveillance video around the ballpark and Kenmore Square. Many bars shut down following the sixth inning.
The measures were intended to head off the tragedy that struck following the Red Sox's 2004 playoff series win over the New York Yankees. Emerson College student Victoria Snelgrove died after being struck in the eye by a pellet from an officer's pepper-pellet gun. Fans had converged on the park following the game, which was played in New York.
Boston police banned the use of pepper-pellet weapons like the one that killed Snelgrove after the 2004 death. An independent commission blamed the 21-year-old student's death on poor planning and decisions by police.
Last night's game fell on the third anniversary of Snelgrove's death.
Menino, who immediately donned an American League Championship T-shirt in a luxury box after Coco Crisp caught a fly ball for the game's final out, said the city was well prepared for the celebration.
"This is great for the city," he said after the game. "We have put in a lot of planning."
Officers in fluorescent jackets lined up, 40-deep, on Boylston Street in the bottom of the eighth. More than a dozen police officers on horseback headed toward Lansdowne, preparing for the game's finale.