BOSTON (AP) — Sports championships aren't rare in Boston anymore, and security officials are drawing on what went right — and wrong — during recent victory celebrations as the Red Sox look to claim another title.
The Red Sox return to Fenway Park on Wednesday needing one win in the next two games against the St. Louis Cardinals to win their third World Series since 2004. Meanwhile, police are also dealing with a visit by President Obama, who's stopping in town hours earlier Wednesday to discuss his health care reform.
City officials on Tuesday said they're confident both events will go off smoothly. But they're tightening parking restrictions, increasing police presence and asking the public to help unclog streets and keep any Red Sox victory celebrations safe.
"We've had a lot of great success. ... We've had some challenges and some tragedies," said Boston Police Superintendent-in-chief Daniel Linsky. "We're hoping that fans have grown and got accustomed to the championships, and we're hoping that they realize that there's no reason to destroy property to celebrate a sports victory."
The Red Sox's 2004 title was its first since 1918. But there have been plenty of reasons to celebrate Boston sports success since. The Sox won again in 2007, while the Patriots (2005), Celtics (2008) and Bruins (2011) have also won championships.
The postgame street partying after the wins has been generally been uneventful, but not always. In 2004, a 21-year-old college student was killed by a pepper pellet fired by Boston police during crowd control efforts following the Red Sox win in the American League Championship Series.
In 2008, a 22-year-old man stopped breathing and later died after police took him into custody during street celebrations of the Celtics title.
Linsky said some changes since aim to take down the crowd's temperature. For instance, officers will be mixing in the crowd wearing regular uniforms, not riot gear.
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