Added on 30-Oct-2007
Sox players and owners partied into the wee hours yesterday as the team celebrated its second World Series title in four seasons.Their work on the field memorably finished for '07, the club commandeered The Palm restaurant and partied like - and with - rock stars.
The heroes were serenaded by surprise musical guest Maroon 5, whose lead singer, Adam Levine, did a fair impersonation of Freddie Mercury while covering "We Are the Champions." BoSox brass John Henry, Tom Werner, and Larry Lucchino were standing down front, watching with big smiles as their roster of world-beaters, including Josh Beckett, Curt Schilling, Jason Varitek, Dustin Pedroia, Series MVP Mike Lowell, Kevin Youkilis, and David Ortiz, loudly sang along.
Seems Maroon 5 made the scene quite by accident. In town for two shows at Denver's Filmore Auditorium, the band and crew were eating dinner at The Palm when a Sox official spied a BoSox ball cap in the bunch. One thing led to another, and by 1:30 a.m., the band had set up in a cramped corner and was playing an acoustic version of the anthemic Queen classic, followed by its own hit singles "This Love" and "Harder to Breathe." The band agreed to play for free on the condition that they could hang around afterward. A West Coast kid, Levine admitted to being an Oakland A's fan, but said he respected what the Red Sox had accomplished.
The place was so packed that after the band's impromptu jam, ballplayers were forced to chat with Levine et al. in the kitchen. Ortiz kept the raucous reception rolling by climbing atop a table and giving a rambling, expletive-filled shout-out to his teammates and Sox fans everywhere. "Nothing but love!" bellowed Big Papi.
With the exception of Manny Ramirez, virtually every member of the team stopped by, though some, like Coco Crisp and GM Theo Epstein, stayed only briefly. "This is crazy, man," said Crisp, squeezing out the door. The Palm was told to expect 200 people, but more than 500 showed up. Also there were several Sox limited partners, club consultant Joe Baerlein, and assorted front-office personnel, among them marketing man Nick Gregorian, who brought along A-list actress and family friend Renee Russo. "The Shield" star Michael Chiklis, who grew up in Andover, was chilling with Schilling and his wife, Shonda, who said Vic Mackey is her man: " 'The Shield' is my favorite show." After the Queen cover, Chiklis marveled: "My God. That was the perfect tune on the perfect night."
Truth be told, the party actually got started much earlier, not long after Jonathan Papelbon's final pitch. "All I can remember seeing is [Seth Smith] swinging and missing," the champagne-soaked closer told us on the field. "Then we were the champs."