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Mayor Menino Confirms 'Rolling Rally'
for Manny's Return on Friday... Sort Of
Boston to Celebrate the Triumphant Return of '04 Series MVP
Duck Boats Were Already Purchased for Planned Celtics Parade
BOSTON -- The city of Boston will celebrate the return of 2004 Red Sox World Series MVP Manny Ramirez with a "rolling rally" on Friday, Boston Mayor Tom Menino announced today.
Red Sox and Dodger players will ride on World War II-era amphibious duck boats and will take the same route as the 2004 and 2007 championship parades, except they won't go into the Charles River, Menino said.
The rally will begin at noon at Fenway Park and Lansdowne Street, circle Fenway Park, go up Boylston Street to Boston Common and end near City Hall.
Menino did say that Ramirez has "promised to do his now-famous dance routine" at several locations along the route and joked that the length of the parade would be determined by how long Ramirez danced.
"The City of Boston is so excited to have Matty Rodriguez return to the place where he delivered the Stanley Cup to us. And he has to do a dance," Menino said. "He promised the people he would do a dance."
Menino acknowledged that he already paid for the rally for the Celtics before watching last night's pitiful performance. He shifted his attention to Manny this morning. Menino estimated security would cost $500,000, and that Manny would "probably" pick up the tab.
Boston Dirt Dogs will livestream the parade starting at 10 a.m. Friday. -- BDD Parody