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The One Moment You Should Watch From The Red Sox Parade

Boston Red Sox's Jonny Gomes places the championship trophy and a Red Sox baseball jersey at the Boston Marathon Finish Line during a pause in their World Series victory rolling rally in Boston on Saturday.
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Boston Red Sox's Jonny Gomes places the championship trophy and a Red Sox baseball jersey at the Boston Marathon Finish Line during a pause in their World Series victory rolling rally in Boston on Saturday.

The World Series Championship parade in Boston on Saturday was full of everything you might expect: Crowds, cheering and confetti.

But as the world champion Boston Red Sox made their way on Boylston Street toward the finish line of the Boston Marathon, the celebration gave way to a moment of reflection.

Jonny Gomes, an outfielder, and Jarrod Saltalamacchia, a catcher, stepped off their duck boats carrying the World Series trophy. Amid the roar of the crowd, they placed it over the painted pavement marking the marathon finish. It was a tribute to the victims of that day in April when two bombs exploded, killing three people and injuring more than 200.

Slowly, ceremoniously, the players draped a baseball jersey over the trophy that was inscribed with a message to the world: "Boston Strong."

We'll leave it at that and leave you with video posted by The Boston Globe:

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Eyder Peralta is NPR's East Africa correspondent based in Nairobi, Kenya.
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