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'Enhanced' Security in Boston for World Series


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Security in Boston tonight for Game 1 of the 2013 MLB World Series will be tight, according to officials, as the city gets ready to host its first major event since the Boston Marathon bombings last April. City officials urged all Bostonians to act like responsible and respectable fans. "Let's show the nation why we're a first-class city on the field and off the field," Boston Mayor Thomas Menino said at a city hall news conference Tuesday. Behind the scenes, Boston police and Menino have been prepping for Game 1 since the Red Sox clinched the American League pennant over the Detroit Tigers last Saturday at the legendary Fenway Park. Boston Police Superintendent-in-Chief Daniel Linskey asked all fans to leave backpacks at home even though they are not prohibited inside Fenway Park. Boston Police Officer's Winning Photo at Red Sox Game "If you want to make the chief of police happy, please leave your backpack at home," Linskey said.

Linskey said there would be an "enhanced" police presence patrolling the streets around the ballpark for the first two games of the series. More officers will be brought in to work if a series-clinching game is necessary next Wednesday or Thursday. "Please help us to keep you safe, and don't allow anyone to tarnish the image of Boston Strong," Linskey said, using the phrase that resonated after the April 15 bombings at the finish line of the Boston Marathon that killed three people and injured 264. Game 1 starting pitcher Jon Lester said the World Series gives the city a sense of hope. "It makes people forget. At the same time, we'll be respectful about it. But if we can take those people's minds off their injuries, their suffering, then that's our job. It's what we've got to do," the two-time All-Star said. Feds: Info Boston Marathon Bombing Suspect 'Participated' in 2011 Triple Murder The Red Sox have become a source of inspiration since the bombings, much like the New York Yankees in 2001 after the 9/11 attacks as they marched toward the World Series. "They've come from behind, and gone up against some challenges, and they've brought the team forward to the World Series, and I think that kind of parallels what the city has gone through these last couple of months," Linskey said of the 2013 Red Sox. The team has been linked to the Boston Marathon bombing ever since Red Sox slugger David Ortiz coined the "Boston Strong" phrase at Fenway Park days after the bombing. It's become a rallying cry for all Bostonians. "It doesn't say Red Sox on my jersey. It says Boston," Ortiz said April 20, six days after the bombings, before a packed stadium. Boston, which finished last in the American League East division last season, won its division this year and will face off with the National League Champions St. Louis Cardinals. Both teams finished the season going 97–65, tying for the best record in baseball. It's the second World Series meeting between Boston and St. Louis. The Red Sox swept the Cardinals in the 2004 World Series for their first championship since 1918.

Red Sox Stats
Batting Avg .277 2nd 2nd HR 178 5th 6th Steals 123 3rd 4th ERA 3.79 6th 14th

Season Division Overall

Pitching Roster
40 54 32 66 11 62 46 22 52 41 31 30 56 44 36 38 19 60 64 63 67 35 Andrew Bailey Pedro Beato * Craig Breslow Drake Britton * Clay Buchholz Rubby De La Rosa * Ryan Dempster Felix Doubront Joel Hanrahan John Lackey Jon Lester Andrew Miller Franklin Morales Jake Peavy Junichi Tazawa Matt Thornton * Koji Uehara Brayan Villarreal * Allen Webster * Alex Wilson 60-day DL ** 60-day DL ** 60-day DL ** 60-day DL ** R-R R-R L-L L-L L-R R-R R-R L-L R-R R-R L-L L-L L-L R-R R-R L-L R-R R-R R-R R-R R-R R-R 6'3" 6'6" 6'1" 6'2" 6'3" 6'1" 6'2" 6'2" 6'4" 6'6" 6'4" 6'7" 6'1" 6'1" 5'11" 6'6" 6'2" 6'0" 6'2" 6'0" 6'4" 6'1" 240 230 190 215 190 205 215 225 250 235 240 210 210 195 200 235 195 170 190 215 195 220 May 31, 1984 Oct 27, 1986 Aug 8, 1980 May 22, 1989 Aug 14, 1984 Mar 4, 1989 May 3, 1977 Oct 23, 1987 Oct 6, 1981 Oct 23, 1978 Jan 7, 1984 May 21, 1985 Jan 24, 1986 May 31, 1981 Jun 6, 1986 Sep 15, 1976 Apr 3, 1975 May 10, 1987 Feb 10, 1990 Nov 3, 1986 Aug 13, 1988 Aug 30, 1984

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Works Cited

Castellino, Anthony. “'Enhanced' Security in Boston for World Series.” ABC News. Good Morning America, 23 Oct 13. Web. 23 Oct 13.