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Red Sox won the pennant, but the banner is from Somerville

Posted by Brock Parker  October 23, 2013 10:53 AM

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Somerville company Flagraphics made the 2013 American League Championship banner for the Boston Red Sox overnight Saturday. Photo by Brock Parker.

He hung the Red Sox American League Championship banner on Yawkey Way early Sunday morning, and now Somerville’s Tony Lafuente is hoping to make one more banner for Fenway Park this fall.

Lafuente owns Flagraphics on Alston Street in the Somerville, which has been making banners for the Boston Red Sox since 1995.

Saturday night after the Red Sox beat the Detroit Tigers to win the American League, Lafuente said his business hustled to get the blue league championship banner completed quickly.

“It takes a couple of days normally, but we had people come in and work overnight to get it done,” said Lafuente, who is also an alderman in Somerville.

While the cloth had been cut and the design was ready to go for the victory, Lafuente said Flagraphics didn’t put all of the pieces together until the outcome was decided Saturday night. He said he still had the championship banner up by 8 a.m. Sunday.

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As the World Series gets underway, Lafuente said he’ll be watching for the Red Sox to win their third game and then he will start putting some of the elements together to make a red World Series banner in case they win it all.

Over the years, Lafuente said he’s made thousands of banners for the team, including the American League East and the American League championship banners.

“But only two World Series, so we’re looking forward to a third,” he said.

--Brock Parker can be reached at brock.globe@gmail.com

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