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Baseball: Red Sox honour Boston bomb victims in title celebration

Daniel Nava, John Lackey wave to the crowd on one of the duck boats as they make their way down Tremont Street where fans gathered for the World Series victory parade for the Boston Red Sox on Nov 2, 2013 in Boston, Massachusetts. -- PHOTO : AFP&nbsp
Daniel Nava, John Lackey wave to the crowd on one of the duck boats as they make their way down Tremont Street where fans gathered for the World Series victory parade for the Boston Red Sox on Nov 2, 2013 in Boston, Massachusetts. -- PHOTO : AFP 
Fans gather at Fenway Park before the Red Sox players board the duck boats for the World Series victory parade for the Boston Red Sox on Nov 2, 2013 in Boston, Massachusetts. -- PHOTO: AFP
Fans gather at Fenway Park before the Red Sox players board the duck boats for the World Series victory parade for the Boston Red Sox on Nov 2, 2013 in Boston, Massachusetts. -- PHOTO: AFP
The crowd at Boston City Hall Plaza cheers as the duck boats make their way down Tremont Street during the World Series victory parade for the Boston Red Sox on Nov 2, 2013 in Boston, Massachusetts.  -- PHOTO: AFP
The crowd at Boston City Hall Plaza cheers as the duck boats make their way down Tremont Street during the World Series victory parade for the Boston Red Sox on Nov 2, 2013 in Boston, Massachusetts.  -- PHOTO: AFP
Jon Lester waves from one of the duck boats as they make their way down Boylston Street where fans gathered for the World Series victory parade for the Boston Red Sox on Nov 2, 2013 in Boston, Massachusetts. -- PHOTO: AFP
Jon Lester waves from one of the duck boats as they make their way down Boylston Street where fans gathered for the World Series victory parade for the Boston Red Sox on Nov 2, 2013 in Boston, Massachusetts. -- PHOTO: AFP
Jared Saltalamacchia reacts to the crowd from one of the duck boats as they make their way down Tremont Street where fans gathered for the World Series victory parade for the Boston Red Sox on Nov 2, 2013 in Boston, Massachusetts. -- PHOTO : AFP
Jared Saltalamacchia reacts to the crowd from one of the duck boats as they make their way down Tremont Street where fans gathered for the World Series victory parade for the Boston Red Sox on Nov 2, 2013 in Boston, Massachusetts. -- PHOTO : AFP
Police presence was evident at Boston City Hall Plaza as the duck boats maked their way down Tremont Street during the World Series victory parade for the Boston Red Sox on Nov 2, 2013 in Boston, Massachusetts. -- PHOTO: AFP
Police presence was evident at Boston City Hall Plaza as the duck boats maked their way down Tremont Street during the World Series victory parade for the Boston Red Sox on Nov 2, 2013 in Boston, Massachusetts. -- PHOTO: AFP
President and CEO of the Boston Red Sox Larry Lucchino, (left), Red Sox principal own John Henry (center), and Red Sox chairmanTom Werner show off the World Series trophies to the crowd at Fenway Park before the Red Sox players board the duck boats f
President and CEO of the Boston Red Sox Larry Lucchino, (left), Red Sox principal own John Henry (center), and Red Sox chairmanTom Werner show off the World Series trophies to the crowd at Fenway Park before the Red Sox players board the duck boats for the World Series victory parade for the Boston Red Sox on Nov 2, 2013 in Boston, Massachusetts.  -- PHOTO: AFP 
Stephen Drew #7 and Mike Carp #37 of the Boston Red Sox celebrate on the Charles River during the World Series victory parade on Nov 2, 2013 in Boston, Massachusetts. -- PHOTO: AFP
Stephen Drew #7 and Mike Carp #37 of the Boston Red Sox celebrate on the Charles River during the World Series victory parade on Nov 2, 2013 in Boston, Massachusetts. -- PHOTO: AFP
Jonny Gomes (left) and Ken Casey of the Drop Kick Murphys perform for the crowd before the Red Sox players board the duck boats for the World Series victory parade for the Boston Red Sox on Nov 2, 2013 in Boston, Massachusetts. -- PHOTO: AFP
Jonny Gomes (left) and Ken Casey of the Drop Kick Murphys perform for the crowd before the Red Sox players board the duck boats for the World Series victory parade for the Boston Red Sox on Nov 2, 2013 in Boston, Massachusetts. -- PHOTO: AFP
Jonny Gomes (left) and Ken Casey of the Drop Kick Murphys perform for the crowd before the Red Sox players board the duck boats for the World Series victory parade for the Boston Red Sox on Nov 2, 2013 in Boston, Massachusetts. -- PHOTO: AFP
Jonny Gomes (left) and Ken Casey of the Drop Kick Murphys perform for the crowd before the Red Sox players board the duck boats for the World Series victory parade for the Boston Red Sox on Nov 2, 2013 in Boston, Massachusetts. -- PHOTO: AFP
Boston Red Sox fans cheer from the Longfellow Bridge during the World Series victory parade on Nov 2, 2013 in Boston, Massachusetts. -- PHOTO: AFP
Boston Red Sox fans cheer from the Longfellow Bridge during the World Series victory parade on Nov 2, 2013 in Boston, Massachusetts. -- PHOTO: AFP
Jonny Gomes #5 and Jarrod Saltalamacchia #39 of the Boston Red Sox present the 'Boston Strong 617' jerseys to owners of two of the businesses at the bombing sites, including Shane O'Hara (second from right) and Dan Solo (right) on the finish line of
Jonny Gomes #5 and Jarrod Saltalamacchia #39 of the Boston Red Sox present the 'Boston Strong 617' jerseys to owners of two of the businesses at the bombing sites, including Shane O'Hara (second from right) and Dan Solo (right) on the finish line of the Boston Marathon on Boylston Street during the World Series victory parade on Nov 2, 2013 in Boston, Massachusetts. Boston Red Sox players paid tribute to victims of last April's Boston Marathon bombings during a parade rally on Saturday for their World Series baseball crown that rolled through the city streets. -- PHOTO: AFP 

BOSTON (AFP) - Boston Red Sox players paid tribute to victims of last April's Boston Marathon bombings during a parade rally on Saturday for their World Series baseball crown that rolled through the city streets.

The Red Sox won their third Major League Baseball crown in 10 seasons last Wednesday with a 6-1 home victory over the St Louis Cardinals.

Players rode Boston's amphibious vehicles, known as the "duck boats", from Fenway Park to the Copley Square area on Saturday and stopped when they reached the finish line of the Boston Marathon, near where three spectators were killed by two explosions while watching the April 15 race.

Jonny Gomes, a Red Sox outfielder, placed the World Series trophy on the finish line and joined teammate Jarrod Saltalamacchia in placing a pair of Red Sox jerseys on the line that featured the number 617, the telephone area code for Boston, and the words "Boston Strong" where player names are typically displayed.

A jersey with the "Boston Strong" message, a theme for the city in the wake of the tragedy at the famed race, was displayed all season in the Red Sox locker room.

Players and the crowd sang "God Bless America" before the team resumed the parade past city hall and eventually into the Charles River.

"It's a magical day for us," said Red Sox owner Tom Werner. "It has been a fantastic year."

The Red Sox finished last in the American League East division last season and were not expected to be title contenders but new manager John Farrell guided the club to a division crown and Boston became the first club since the 1991 Minnesota Twins to go from worst in a division to winning the World Series the next season.

"When we assembled in Fort Myers in February, it was clear that we had a special group of guys," Farrell told the crowd. "To see it come to light last Wednesday... this is a group that was very special."

Jon Lester, Dustin Pedroia and World Series Most Valuable Player David Ortiz spoke to fans during the ceremony.

"Everyone counted us out in spring training," Pedroia said. "When we got together, we all believed that we could do this." The biggest cheers went to Ortiz, who has been part of each of the team's three World Series titles since 2004.

"We stayed together as a family," Ortiz said. "This might be one of the teams I'm most proud of all. We may not have the talent of the teams in 2004 and 2007, but we had guys who cared and guys that wanted to get it done."