There was a sea of people in the streets around Kenmore Square; then some moron decided to set something on fire in front of the McDonalds. Someone else picked up a trash can and threw it at the McDonalds, and now the riot police have arrived in a phalanx, backed up by fire engines (I'm guessing for water cannon).
It looks like the crowd is backing off, fortunately, up a couple of the avenues.
Wow, this is a lot of people. The motorcycle cops are now coming down Brookline Ave. The cops are reacting very quickly.
Along Landsdowne St. a car trying to make its way through had its windows smashed and people tried to turn it over. Now there are some mounted cops making their way through.
There's a report that some buttheads broke into Fenway, but no details. We can see a lot of people who have climbed up onto the beams on the outside of Fenway, but the park itself is dark.
There's also a report that tear gas was fired to try and disperse the crowd but that doesn't seem to have had much effect. More or less it looks like the cops are going to try and move along the streets and clear people out of the area. They have one of those big white school buses, possibly so they have somewhere to put the people they arrest.
Fortunately it looks like the police planned ahead so the situation isn't too hairy; most people look like they're just having fun celebrating but there were a few jerks whose idea of celebration is to break things.
But wow, it's a lot of people. Particularly considering there wasn't even a game here tonight.
Just a few minutes ago, while listening to the Astros-Cardinals game, I heard a commercial for the Baseball Tomorrow Fund (a charitable fund to build baseball diamonds that Major League Baseball is doing). The fund isn't that important, but the advertisement is, because it was in Spanish.
I think this is great, but is my surprise at this only because I haven't been listening to ESPN Radio? Does this happen all the time, an advertisement in a different language from the program it's placed in, and I just haven't been paying attention? I haven't heard this kind of multi-lingual imbedding since Singapore, where Mandarin ads sometimes appear in the middle of English-language programming.
(The other odd thing about it is that the Spanish-language ad gave baseballtomorrowfund.com as a URL, and the whole page is in English. I can't find a Spanish-language link, except one buried in a pulldown to MLB Español. This seems like a bad plan.)