The game ended and the party started in NH
Thanksgiving break is weeks away, but Syracuse University student Meghan Dionne had a pretty good reason for a trip home this week.
Her father, Tony, had a pair of tickets for Wednesday night's World Series Game 6 at Fenway Park.
"The moment we knew they won, the entire stadium just kind of broke into a roar," Meghan Dionne said. "Then everyone just started singing."
"It was absolutely perfect," Tony Dionne said. "To share this with my daughter — it doesn't get better than that."
Another family will be celebrating Saturday at the Red Sox victory parade. Mary Tetreau of Londonderry, who grew up in Greater Boston, said she's been going to see the Sox play at their home games "since the tickets cost 75 cents."
Moments after Red Sox closer Koji Uehara pitched the game-ending strike, Tetreau's relatives began sending her text messages.
"Everyone was asking each other, 'Who's going to the parade now?" Tetreau said. "Looks like it'll pretty much be a family reunion."
The list includes Tetreau, her husband, Phil, her siblings, nieces and nephews.
In Pelham, police officers sported some impressive beards in homage to the Red Sox — until Wednesday night's victory.
Chief Joseph Roark said an exception was made when a couple officers approached him asking his permission to temporarily bend the rules on facial hair. Sixteen officers, as well as Roark, put away their razors for a few days, donating more than $1,200 to the town's Good Neighbors Fund, which helps locals pay grocery and utility bills.
At Londonderry North Elementary, dozens of children cruised the hallways Thursday in their finest Red Sox headwear.
Typically, hats are a no-no inside the school, but just for Thursday, rules were meant to be broken.
"They're pretty excited about it," Principal Mary Coltin said. "And so are we."
In Nashua, loyal fans of all ages flooded Dick's Sporting Goods, where employees decked out in team apparel scrambled to restock shelves as customers filled carts with "Red Sox World Series Champion" T-shirts, caps, pennants, toys and jackets.
Maine natives Barry and Sharon Slosberg now live in New York and are in the area visiting relatives.
They sported matching Red Sox caps as they picked out some new T-shirts for their grandchildren.
The Slosbergs, who now live in upstate New York but were visiting relatives in nearby Groton, Mass. Thursday, said they've always been dedicated fans.
"Some of the grandkids may be New Yorkers, but we're training them to be Red Sox fans," Barry Slosberg said.