Originally reported on SensibleReason.com on November 1, 2013
“Fear the Beard!!!” The Red Sox take to the plate and suddenly this chant rings through the nation, shouted amongst crowds of devout fans donning beards of all different shapes, sizes, colors and materials? Foam beards and beard beanies have become all the rage in Boston since the Red Sox stopped shaving, their scraggly beards becoming the symbolic representation of their determination to win the World Series in 2013.
Now, as the season comes to the close, the beards can rest. The Red Sox have won.
Just one year after finishing last in the league, the Red Sox took Game Six of the World Series Wednesday night at Fenway Park 6-1, upping their total wins for the series 4-2 and taking home the championship. This was a huge win for the city of Boston, who, just six months ago, was shattered by the tragic events at the Boston Marathon Bombings.
A new, but familiar chant poured into the city Wednesday night: “Boston Strong.” Just minutes after the final out, Bostonians, loyal Red Sox patrons or not, spilled out into Kenmore Square and the Marathon finish line at Boylston Street to celebrate. Finally, something to celebrate.
For some, for most of us, I would argue, the 2013 World Series Championship is about more than just baseball. It is about a broken city that refuses to stop.
“TESTED AND TRIUMPHANT,” the front page of the Boston Globe read Thursday morning.
Tested and triumphant.
Saturday morning Boston will come together once again to celebrate the Red Sox Championship in the World Series Parade. The parade will begin at Fenway Park at 10 a.m. before traveling down Boylston Street and ending with a splash in the Charles River. As the parade crosses the finish line of the Boston Marathon it will hardly go unnoticed by the Red Sox, parade organizers, and the rest of Boston. One last reminder of the past six months and how far our city has come.
The beard can finally rest in peace, and so can we. Until next season, that is.
A “beard beanie” hangs from a police barricade in Kenmore Square in Boston, MA after the Red Sox won the 2013 World Series Championship on October 30, 2013. The symbolic representation of Red Sox determination to win the World Series, the beard can now rest in peace. PHOTO: KAYLA CANNE