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Boston Celebrates Red Sox World Series Championship Over L.A. Dodgers

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The city of Boston is celebrating another World Series win. The Boston Red Sox beat the LA Dodgers last night for the team's fourth championship since 2004. Craig LeMoult of member station WGBH reports the win is a sweet one for fans.

UNIDENTIFIED PEOPLE: Let's go Red Sox. Let's go Red Sox.

CRAIG LEMOULT, BYLINE: Thousands of Red Sox fans flooded the streets of Boston Sunday night to celebrate their team's victory after a remarkable season. Mike Watson came up from the town of Attleboro.

MIKE WATSON: I have a - about a 45-minute drive home, and I'm probably going to cry for about half of it. I just want to hug everyone out here because it's freaking amazing. This guy right here, coming in, bring it in.

JIMMY MURPHY: We're in here, baby. Red Sox, baby.

LEMOULT: That's Jimmy Murphy of Charlestown who Watson randomly grabbed as he walked by.

MURPHY: They're just unbelievable. They're a hard-playing team. They stick together. They got the motivation. There's nothing that can stop them, and they proved that. They proved that tonight.

LEMOULT: As fan Ben Taubman pointed out, the Red Sox defeated the Yankees in the division series and the defending World Series champion Astros in the league championship series before getting to this World Series.

BEN TAUBMAN: They faced all the best teams in the playoffs. They faced all the best pitchers. And they - every single player, complete team - every single player from one to nine got it done.

LEMOULT: The Dodgers managed to eke out one win in Game 3 on Friday night with a home run in the bottom of the 18th inning. That game ended at 3:30 in the morning Boston time. Last night's 5-to-1 victory with a dominating performance by starting pitcher David Price was overwhelming for fan Maria Victorino.

MARIA VICTORINO: Awesome.

UNIDENTIFIED PERSON: So excited - great.

VICTORINO: Oh, this is great.

UNIDENTIFIED PERSON: Yeah.

VICTORINO: I'm so happy.

LEMOULT: The Red Sox broke their own record with 108 regular season wins this year. Today Boston Mayor Marty Walsh announced plans for Wednesday's victory parade when thousands of fans will cheer on the team as they ride World War II-era amphibious duck boats through the city's downtown.

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WATSON: I'm excited as mayor to host my first Red Sox parade. I was getting used to the Patriots parades, and now we have a Red Sox parade, so I'm happy about that.

LEMOULT: The New England Patriots have won two of the last four Super Bowls. And, yes, it's been five years since the Red Sox won a World Series. But given the 86-year drought before the team's 2004 win, that's really not all that bad. For NPR News, I'm Craig LeMoult in Boston.

UNIDENTIFIED CHILD: Go Boston.

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "DIRTY WATER")

THE STANDELLS: (Singing) I'm going to tell you a story. I'm going to tell you about my town. I'm going to tell you a big, fat story, baby. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.

Craig produces sound-rich features and breaking news coverage for WGBH News in Boston. His features have run nationally on NPR's Morning Edition, All Things Considered and Weekend Edition, as well as on PRI's The World and Marketplace. Craig has won a number of national and regional awards for his reporting, including two national Edward R. Murrow awards in 2015, the national Society of Professional Journalists Sigma Delta Chi award feature reporting in 2011, first place awards in 2012 and 2009 from the national Public Radio News Directors Inc. and second place in 2007 from the national Society of Environmental Journalists. Craig is a graduate of the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism and Tufts University.
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