Video Shows Red Sox Fans Damaging World Series Trophy

Zachary Stieber
By Zachary Stieber
November 1, 2018Sports News

Newly released video footage from the celebrations after the Boston Red Sox won the World Series in Boston on Oct. 31, shows fans hurling beer at manager Alex Cora.

Cora was in one of the duck boats that formed the core of the parage, and fans began tossing cans of beer to players, coaches, and team officials.

But some fans were throwing opened beer at Cora and his daughter, and fans also struck the Commissioner’s Trophy at one point. One video is embedded above.

Patrick Connolly, 19, of East Sandwich, was charged with throwing the beer at Cora.

“I love Cora. I didn’t mean to hit him.” He later said at booking, reported the Boston Globe citing a police report. “That was stupid. I wasn’t trying to hit Cora.”

He was arraigned shortly after the parade in Boston Municipal Court on charges of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, disorderly conduct, and underage possession of alcohol. He pleaded not-guilty.

Cora said his daughter, who was hit, was fine. ” I’ve just got to be ready to make that play,” he told ESPN.

Five other people were arrested, including a 17-year-old who was charged with unlawful possession of a firearm and possession with intent to distribute both class B and D narcotics.

Trophy Damaged

Stan Grossfeld, a Globe photographer, was on the duck boat on which players, including Mookie Betts and Andy Barkett, carried the trophy. They were bombarded with beers, and the trophy was damaged.

“The World Series trophy took a direct hit,” said Chronicle anchor Anthony Everett, who was in the area reporting on the parade, reported WCVB.

“It got bent out of shape,” Everett said. “They brought it back down into the truck and it looked like they fixed it pretty well, but there’s going to be some repairs involved with at least one of the World Series trophies.”

Red Sox spokesman Kevin Gregg told ESPN on Thursday that the damage was minor and had been fixed.

Despite the unruly behavior, Boston police praised the crowd.

“Commissioner [William] Gross is happy to report that the large majority of fans attending the Red Sox World Series Championship Parade celebrated and enjoyed the day in a respectful and responsible manner,” the department said in a statement.

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