Red Sox fans show off World Series win with team merchandise


PITTSFIELD -- After the Boston Red Sox snapped up their third World Series title in 10 years, local fans are ready to snap up something of their own: Red Sox merchandise.

Brand new World Series T-shirts, sweatshirts, windbreakers, hats and Red Sox towels were lined up for sale at Dick's Sporting Goods in Pittsfield on Thursday in the wake of the team's World Series victory on Wednesday night.

Shoppers streamed constantly into the store Thursday afternoon to check out the latest designs and wares for the World Series victors.

Vincent Lam, 53, of Pittsfield, was wearing a Red Sox windbreaker but he wanted more. Giddy less than 24 hours after the World Series victory, Lam grabbed a hat and a T-shirt.

"It's about time we win at home," he said, referring to the first World Series clinching game at Fenway Park for the Sox since 1918.

"They came back from last year. It was amazing," Lam said. He was referring to the team's last place finish, when they closed the season 26 games behind the New York Yankees.

"They just play as a group, as a team and everybody plays for each other," Lam said.

His favorite player is World Series MVP David "Big Papi" Ortiz, Lam said after a question, as if that should be obvious.

Reese Palmer, 62, of Tyringham, picked up a new Red Sox T-shirt that read "We own the Parade."

"It's been a great year," he said. "It's an example of the movie (and book) ‘Moneyball.' They got rid of the dead weight, got rid of the egotistical maniacs."

Palmer was referring to three disgruntled former players the Red Sox traded last year -- Josh Beckett, Carl Crawford and Adrian Gonzalez.

This World Series team, he said, had "scrappy players... No one ever thought that they would ever go from last place and drinking in the [clubhouse] .... It's an amazing comeback."

Pricetags on the clothes ranged from $22 for a hat to $70 for a hooded sweatshirt and $135 for a windbreaker.

At Olympia Sports on Hubbard Avenue in Pittsfield, the World Series gear was expected by this morning.

"10 a.m. at the earliest," said store employee Taria Pinkston. "We definitely will have it."

Hats will be running $32.99 a pop for adults and $27.99 for children. T-shirts will cost an adult $25 and kids $22.

A lot of walk-ins were showing up Thursday morning inquiring about the World Series logo clothing, Pinkston said.

"They want the hats and the T-shirts mainly," he said, "and that's what we (will) get."

Olympia Sports has the normal Boston Red Sox hats and shirts, but that's not what local baseball fans are after. They want the World Series victory logo.

"They want that patch," Pinkston said.

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