BOSTON — Thousands of fans poured into the streets moments after Koji Uehara struck out Matt Carpenter, sealing the eighth World Series win for the Red Sox.
The team that had gone 86 years without a single championship had clinched its third in 10 seasons.
That was a sentiment many fans touched on after the game. Gary Rossi, of Hingham, remembered watching the Red Sox lose in 1986 — the famous Bill Buckner game.
He said for years he never thought the Sox would win one World Series, much less three.
“Not before 2004. It’s pretty cool,” Rossi said. “We’re so blessed as a city to have so many championship teams.”
Police started clearing Lansdowne Street as early as the sixth inning in an attempt to disperse the crowd before the game ended, when more than 38,000 fans would begin streaming out of Fenway.
By the time the game ended, Kenmore Square was a ghost town, with steel barricades up and police officers lining the streets to prevent entry.
Fans leaving bars were surprised when police officers said they could not cross the street to get to the subway. Others were shocked upon hearing that the MBTA was not making stops at the Kenmore T stop.
For the most part, fans complied with police orders, though Boston Police reported at least nine arrests as a few celebrations turned to vandalism.
A car was flipped over near the Fens and extra officers were called in to disperse fans at the Boston Marathon finish line.
The marathon bombings were part of the reason for heightened security, and it was on the minds of many.
Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig mentioned the attack as he presented this year’s World Series trophy.
“This started off as a really tough year in Boston,” he said. “And it was ‘Boston Strong,’ and the Red Sox have made all your fans really really proud.”
The sentiment was echoed by lifelong Red Sox fan, Andrew Bruss, of Brighton.
“This team’s been therapeutic for the city in a really tough time,” Bruss said. “I don’t know if you want to call it karma or a fitting end, but this is. Now I can’t imagine it having ended any other way.”
Red Sox owner John Henry said he expects the team’s victory parade to take place on Saturday. According to the city, details about the parade will be released Thursday.