Stores open early to sell Red Sox gear after World Series win - WFSB 3 Connecticut

Stores open early to sell Red Sox gear after World Series win

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NEWINGTON, CT (WFSB) -

Stores across New England opened their doors early Thursday morning to begin selling merchandise celebrating a historic World Series win for the Boston Red Sox.

The World Series was the first major sporting event in the city since the Boston Marathon bombings, and fans in the area said this team represents the city's rise from tragedy.

"Ever since the day after the bombing, they've been part of it. They put the stripes on their jerseys honoring the victims, and they've really been connected to the tragedy in a really special way," Red Sox fan Michael Muldowney said.

Security was tight at the World Series, but the team opened up the stadium to the public after the game so fans could also enjoy the trophy celebration. Outside the park, thousands crowded the streets, with some turning unruly and rocking cars.

Police said about 10 were arrested in the city but even more at UMass Amherst. There, a cell phone video captured the chaos on campus with some lighting sweatshirts on fire and throwing them into the crowd.

Police said more than 3,000 people were dispersed, more than a dozen arrested, but luckily, nobody was hurt.

Stores in the Boston area stayed open all night to sell championship merchandise, while in the rest of New England, stores opened extra early.

"I got out of work at 10 (p.m.), watched the game and I've been up ever since," Christian Rodriguez, of Hartford said Thursday morning.

And he wasn't done. After picking up a T-shirt he went back to work for another full day.

The hats are in and the shirts are flying off the shelves, but that's not the end of it. Those were just to give consumers a little something as they headed off to work Thursday morning. As the day went on, other merchandise such as license plate holders and car decals are giving you more options to show off that Boston Red Sox pride.

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