The Boston Red Sox continued their celebration of winning the World Series with a visit to the TD Garden during a Celtics game.
The duck boats paraded through the city on Wednesday but the Red Sox weren’t done celebrating their World Series victory in Boston. The following night, members of the team were invited by the Boston Celtics to make an appearance during their game against the Milwaukee Bucks.
During a first quarter timeout, manager Alex Cora led his team on to the parquet floor of the TD Garden with the World Series trophy in hand.
You may have noticed that the trophy has been repaired following the unfortunate beer-throwing incident during the parade this week. Side Note: This is not what we meant when we said “do damage.”
Players took turns hoisting the trophy in front of a boisterous crowd, with the loudest ovation directed at David Price. The former Cy Young winner went from being a villain in this city to one of its greatest heroes. That’s what happens when you earn a pair of wins in the World Series.
Celtics coach Brad Stevens is usually busy drawing up one of his infamous after time out plays during this stage of the game but he made an exception this time to share a moment with Cora. Stevens is no stranger to this team, having visited the Red Sox in Fort Myers during spring training this year. Two leaders of two great franchises showing signs of mutual respect for each other was a surreal moment.
We also saw Eduardo Nunez chatting with fellow Dominican, Al Horford. Nunez was overheard telling the Celtics center that his team would be the next to have a parade in Boston. Somewhere, Tom Brady is preparing an Instagram story reminding us that the Super Bowl takes place before the next NBA Finals.
Once the Red Sox players cleared the floor they retreated to a luxury box to watch the remainder of the game. The Celtics would end up beating Giannis Antetokounmpo and the Bucks in a thrilling rematch from the first round of last year’s playoffs. Kyrie Irving led the way with 28 points and Gordon Hayward had his best performance since returning from a gruesome ankle injury that cost him nearly the entirety of last season.
The Celtics organization knows a thing or two about winning championships, with their 17 titles representing the most any franchise has won in NBA history. The C’s last won in 2008 during the Big Three era with Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen. Seeing another Boston team celebrate a championship may give this year’s squad a little extra motivation to hang banner 18.
A star-studded roster infused with rising stars such as Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown means the Celtics are one of the favorites to make it to the Finals this year while setting themselves up to sustain their contender status for many years to come. Actually, that sounds a lot like this Red Sox team.
Inviting the Red Sox to celebrate on their floor was a classy move by a Celtics organization that we would expect nothing less from. Hopefully they will have the opportunity to return the favor at Fenway Park next summer if this Celtics team can claim the trophy this season.