(Chicago Tribune) At the end of the fourth inning Wednesday night, the Boston Police Department issued a statement reporting that the bars in the Kenmore Square area were filled and telling people not holding game tickets to leave the area.

The sense of anticipation wasn’t lost on a community ready to celebrate the Red Sox’s first World Series clincher clinching at Fenway Park since 1918.

After finishing in last place in the American League East in 2012, the stunning transformation of the Red Sox to World Series champion was on the verge of becoming completed in a convincing manner.

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