Capital Region Red Sox fans parade to Boston for celebration

October 31, 2018 01:41 PM

RENSSELAER – Long before the sun came up, diehard fans of the Boston Red Sox gathered for a road trip. They headed to the parade for the World Series Champions. The Red Sox have now won the title four times in the past 15 years.

"Love the Red Sox. Always have, always will," said Kurt Engler, 79, who moved to East Greenbush from Germany. "We go to Fenway as often as we can. This is our second parade. We're looking forward to a wonderful day."

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Dan Farrell, 73, of Germantown was a long-suffering fan until 2004. Born and raised in New York, he's a Boston fan.

"Waited a long, long time for this," Farrell said. "My wife and I have gone to every baseball park in the country and we've seen the Red Sox play in almost every one of them. We tried to time it that way and we just finished our tour around all the 30 ballparks this year."

Vicki Hoshko is returning to her fourth championship parade, complete with Red Sox earrings.

"Didn't know if we could beat (Justin) Verlander in Houston but we did and I just love the Sox," Hoshko said. "In my family, we talk about them at weddings and funerals."

And don't tell anyone, but Jake Tucker, 13, skipped 8th grade on Wednesday at Goff Middle School. His mom took him to the parade.

"We've been telling him for years how exciting it is and we promised him five years ago if they win again we'll go to the parade," said Sondra Tucker. "So I'm up at 4 o'clock in the morning to take him to the parade. It was amazing. It was an amazing series. I lived in Boston for 10 years and nothing beats it. Nothing beats being a Boston fan."

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There's a local tie, too. For the fifth straight year, a former member of the Tri-City ValleyCats is a World Series Champion. J.D. Martinez, drafted in 2009 by the Houston Astros, played LF and DH at Joe Bruno Stadium. He won the Hank Aaron Award as the top slugger in the American League this year with 43 HR and 130 RBI.

Last year, the Houston Astros won the World Series with many former ValleyCats including Series MVP George Springer and league MVP Jose Altuve; in 2016, Ben Zobrist won with the Chicago Cubs; in 2015, Zobrist won with the Kansas City Royals; in 2014, Hunter Pence won with the San Francisco Giants. The Red Sox won it in 2013.


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