A duck boat parade was set for Saturday morning in Boston to celebrate the championship. The route will take the players from Fenway Park and down Boylston Street before going on to the Charles River.
"We needed this," said Mark Porcaro of Boston. "They were an easy team to get behind because they stood up for us when we needed them most."
Melia reported from Hartford, Conn. Associated Press writers Jay Lindsay, Denise Lavoie and David Klepper in Boston contributed to this report.