Red Sox officials were happy to report that the rats that infest Fenway Parkjoined in the celebration of the team’s World Series victory.
“We were pleased to see that the rats conducted themselves quite nicely,” said head groundskeeper Joe Mooney. “They seemed to be genuinely delighted, and frolicked on the field and in the stands. You have to love their enthusiasm.”
A spokesman for the Boston Police said the situation was monitored, but no problems were reported. “We kept close watch on the revelry, but they conducted themselves in an orderly way. There were no injuries, no property damage, and aside from some expected mischievousness, things went fine. One rat was spotted climbing up a rope to get to the top of the Green Monster, but responded immediately when asked to get down.”
Although the new Red Sox ownership has taken some steps to control the rodent population within the park, the feisty critters still maintain a steady population and are a cherished part of the Sox fan base.
“You have to keep in mind that the rats are an important part of the history of this ball club,” said a nostalgic Johnny Pesky. “They’ve been here for generations upon generations, and I honestly believe that they are just as much a part of this World Series celebration as anyone else. They are some of our most devoted fans.”
While Red Sox ownership has announced no formal plans to include the rats in the various celebrations that will follow in the months to come, owner John Henry did grudgingly acknowledge their presence. “The rats will always be here,” he said, shaking his head. “Always.”