One of the lasting memories of the Red Sox' improbable World Series run may end up being a scene from the rolling rally through Boston where the team paused to commemorate the Boston Marathon tragedy.
The caravan of 25 duck boats paused on Boylston Street near the Marathon finish line, where two bombs went off on April 15, killing three people and injuring more than 260. Players Jonny Gomes and Jarrod Saltalamacchia placed the World Series trophy on the finish line, which is still painted, and then draped a "Boston Strong 617" jersey over the trophy.
The song “God Bless America” was piped over loudspeakers as fans, players, and Marathon survivors sang along.
Dustin Pedroia, the second baseman, told the cheering crowd, “We played for the whole city, what the city went through. Hopefully, we put a smile on ... everybody’s face. It was special. We wanted to do this and make it right for everybody.”
“Boston, man,” said World Series MVP David Ortiz, who got off his duck boat and jogged across the Marathon finish line. “It means we stay together, a family. We fight against the world. You guys start it, we finish it.”
Globe staff Billy Baker, Kathy McCabe and Martin Finucane contributed to this report.