Halloween also doubled as Championship Hangover Thursday. Millions of Red Sox fans, not to mention the players themselves, began to absorb the realization of their Improbable Dream and the miraculous joy ride of a baseball season the team just completed.
There were plenty of tricks and treats offered in the wake of Boston's "arch de triumph" over St. Louis.
The interwebs can be a sad place on any day, but when the Red Sox win a World Series it becomes be a world-wide web of Boston Haters.
As far as the haters, cynics, contraians and wanna-bees go . . . screw 'em.
Here are 10 things that happened because the Red Sox won the World Series. And it's all good.
1. David Ortiz drank from the biggest bottle of champagne ever.
2. Jonny Gomes took a victory lap around Fenway Park.
3. Ortiz, Gomes and the Red Sox weren't the only ones with reason to celebrate the Red Sox becoming World Series champions, One lucky reddit user posted this ticket, which came as "a wild drunken bet back in July on the Red Sox" before Game 6.
After Game 6, it was worth $13,600.
The wager was made at a Las Vegas casino. "It's a straight to win the World Series, so if they lose, I lose, and they win, I'm buying a boat," Donkylips9 posted on the Boston subreddit. "The take means the odds at that date for $1,700 to win $13,600. Basically an 8 to 1 odds. I 'took' the 8:1 odds the casino was giving me."
The winner posted a couple of messages after the team won and received multiple congratulations. As one user noted: "That's your reward for not being a bandwagon fan, you earned it, congrats!"
As far as that boat goes, how about a used Duck Boat, with some champagne stains on the floor?
4. You may be familiar with the story of Chad Duncan and his car that got flipped in Kenmore Square.
Anyone who thinks there's never a cop around when you need one might want to take a look at this, via LiveLeak:
The owner of this car which was parked on Boylston Street was a bit luckier than Duncan, as two Boston Police officers on bicycles arrived just in time and kept his car from being flipped by a band of flipping idiots.
5. The internet provides an endless supply of visuals.
Some are pretty good:
Sorry, 1914 Boston Braves, but we're only dealing with teams that are still in town.
Others are so bad, they're so good, so good:
6. Many Red Sox players took to social media after Boston's victory. Jacoby Ellsbury's agent Scott Boras was telling anyone who would listen that "11" teams were already inquiring about the Red Sox centerfielder, who is eligible for free-agency. Ellsbury had other things on his mind, at least early Thursday:
Cue the Duck Boats!!! #BostonStrong— Jacoby Ellsbury (@JacobyEllsbury) October 31, 2013
Shane Victorino had some time on his hands the day after his three-run, bases-loaded triple got things started in Boston's 6-1 title-clinching victory:
Now what am I suppose to do today... pic.twitter.com/20KqU5En38— Shane Victorino (@ShaneVictorino) October 31, 2013
Here's the latest from World Series MVP
Big Papi Cooperstown, who we learned will be on "Late Night With David Letterman" Monday:
That's what I'm talking about Boston. This one is for you. World Series Champs #BostonStrong— David Ortiz (@davidortiz) October 31, 2013
By the way, the "Curse of the Dempstino" was lifted sometime in September. Ryan Dempster had no trouble finding the plate while throwing some BP in the wee hours of the morning Thursday.
7. The Red Sox World Series victory was the lead story at Thursday's daily White House briefing. Spokesman Jay Carney took the podium in a Red Sox hat.
"I almost wore a beard," Carney says as he comes out for his Halloween briefing in a Red Sox hat. pic.twitter.com/qCMlBf8J8O— Ari Shapiro (@arishapiro) October 31, 2013
"What a great night," Carney said. "I was up late with my son. Congratulations to the Boston Red Sox, world champions." Carney grew up in Northern Virginia and went to prep school in New Jersey before attending Yale.
Somewhere along the way, he became a Red Sox fan.
8. The Kraft Family took out a full-page ad in today's print version of the website run by The Parent Company of This Blog. That's what we in the newspaper business used to call "unplanned revenue," Mr. Henry
And Jet Blue did some upgrading on its official Red Sox plane.
We?ve added a little something special to row 21 of our Red Sox aircraft. Congrats, Sox! pic.twitter.com/jkBQ4T099G— JetBlue Airways (@JetBlue) November 1, 2013
The seat, 21E, is painted red to mimic the red seat in the bleachers [Seat 21 in Row 37 of Section 42] where the ball landed after Ted Williams in 1946 hit the longest home run in Fenway Park history. It's in row 21 beacuse the plane doesn't have a row 37 or 42.
9. There's always a downside. For those hoping to take any of the scheduled public Duck Boat tours Saturday, we have an announcement:
Heads up...no public tours on Saturday. We have a Rolling Rally to host for the World Champion Boston Red Sox!!!— Boston Duck Tours (@BostonDuckTours) October 31, 2013
10. Finally, since the DNA of this championship are found in fried chicken, it's only fitting that we end with this:
Frank Yurchak grew up in Tampa, Fla., and had no baseball allegiances as a boy. He became a Red Sox fan after watching the 1967 World Series on TV and in 1968 when he won the chance to play catch with Carl Yastrzemski during spring training in Winter Haven after winning a local baseball skills competition.
He has a Boxer named "Yaz" and took each of his kids to Fenway Park to celebrate their 18th birthdays. Yurchak is the manager and operator of the Chick-fil-A on State Road 436 in Altamonte Springs, Fla.
On Thursday, anyone who wore Red Sox swag or who sported it on their car got their food comped as a surprise, courtesy of Yurchak and the Red Sox victory. This reporter ended up getting some chicken strips, a salad and sandwich on the house. Of course, had we known the meal was going to be free, we would have ordered a large drink and added dessert.
Yurchak was busy cleaning the outside tables and refilling drinks for his customers Thursday afternoon while wearing his tattered Red Sox hat and a bright red jersey.
"It was a great Series," he said. "Just wanted to share in the celebration."
No word if the freebies were extended after Thursday.
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