Buddy Shoemaker, 35, of Gilford, N.H., was two blocks away when the second bomb exploded. Police told him and his 13-year-old son to run. He returned to the scene for the first time Thursday morning, wearing a new World Series cap and sweatshirt purchased at the game the night before.
"It hit too close to home," he said of the bombing, tears in his eyes. "The World Series definitely brought everything full circle."
The Red Sox embraced the idea of "Boston Strong" from the beginning, with players wearing a logo of it on their left sleeves and a giant "B Strong" logo mowed into Fenway's outfield. The team honored some of the victims on the field during its postseason run, and players said they wanted to honor those affected by the attacks.
"First and foremost, to all the Marathon victims, this one's for you!" tweeted Red Sox pitcher Jon Lester, who won two World Series game.
After the deciding game, 10 arrests were made in the city, mostly for disorderly conduct, prosecutors said. There were no reports of serious damage but at least one car was overturned. Celebrations turned destructive at several college campuses in New Hampshire and officials at the University of Massachusetts said 15 people — all but one of them students — were arrested after thousands gathered on the Amherst campus following the Red Sox win.
A duck boat parade was set for Saturday morning in Boston to celebrate the championship. The route will take the players from Fenway Park and down Boylston Street before going on to the Charles River.
"We needed this," said Mark Porcaro of Boston. "They were an easy team to get behind because they stood up for us when we needed them most."
Melia reported from Hartford, Conn. Associated Press writers Jay Lindsay, Denise Lavoie and David Klepper in Boston contributed to this report.