Brookline native and Harvard University grad Conan O'Brien, who turned 50 this year, has seen plenty of lean years as a Red Sox fan.
Tuesday, the lanky red-headed host welcomed Red Sox left fielder Jonny Gomes and right fielder Shane Victorino to "Conan" and did little to hide his Red Sox fandom or excitement over the Red Sox eighth World Series championship.
O'Brien called the World Series Commissioner's Trophy being placed at the Boston Marathon finish line an "amazing moment."
"We're supposed to be the strong backs to carry everyone and put smiles on their faces," Gomes said. "But I think it was the other way around. We jumped on Boston's back. They wouldn't let us quit ... If everyone in Boston could get a ring, they deserve one, too."
Throughout the season, Gomes had repeated the mantra that the Red Sox were "one day closer to the parade." Tuesday he claimed credit for coming up with the suggestion during the season that resulted in Jake Peavy buying a Duck Boat after the Red Sox Rolling Rally on Saturday.
"We had one thing on our mind all season, take a ride in Duck Boat," Gomes said. "Two months ago, Jake Peavy showed me his property in Alabama. I think he owns three-quarters of the state. He's going through all these pictures and I'm like 'you don't have a Duck Boat,' so when we go, you like buy the exact Duck Boat you ride on and you ship that pig to Alabama. And he did ... Now we can have a World Series parade any time we want at Jake's house."
Gomes also got a round of applause when he turned around his "Boston Strong" shirt and the back read "Famous as F**k."
The boots were produced for the Red Sox by L.L. Bean of Maine, which has a partnership with Fenway Park and posted about the boots on its corporate blog.
"These extremely limited-edition 2013 World Champion Boots were designed and sized specifically for the Red Sox team and staff by our expert boot-builders in Brunswick, Maine. Each pair features a special commemorative logo and will never be sold. It's our way of saying "Thanks" for all the Fenway memories to each and every member of the team.
A spokeswoman for L.L. Bean said via Twitter on Wednesday that the boots would be available for sale - minus the logo - in early 2014.
"I will get one of those. I'm getting a ring, too," O'Brien said.
Naturally, the beards were a big topic.
"You're tasting food from three weeks ago," O'Brien said to Gomes as he caressed his beard.
Gomes told O'Brien that Mike Napoli fears letting him tug on his facial mane. "He's so selfish," Gomes said. "I really want to get in there."
O'Brien called the Red Sox "the most driven team in the league."
"This team was built on winning," Victorino said. "We weren't the most talented team, but we were going to get in your a-- if you don't play all 27 outs."
And Gomes handled the issue of the role that team chemistry played on Team Chemistry. "Ben Cherington and his staff didn't go out and six rodeo clowns to sit in our clubhouse, these guys were good players," Gomes said.
O'Brien's experience as a Red Sox fan growing up was like that of so many others his age, one of "pain and misery." But his kids, who are 8 and 10, are spoiled, or perhaps blessed, growing up in an era where the Red Sox [almost] always come through.
O'Brien said his kids sit there and say "they'll win it again like they always do."
"You've completely alienated me from my children, but in the greatest way."
Artie Lange followed. The comedian and confessed Yankees fans came out and tugged on Gomes' beard and said these Red Sox held a special place in his heart because his first love "looked just like David Ortiz."
Lange then tore into Alex Rodriguez. "I know you guys hate him," Lange said. "He's not blue-collar like these guys ... He makes $32 million a year and does the direct opposite of what we're paying him for ... He's looks like the guy who you pay to mow your lawn, but instead he takes a dump on your lawn, and the next day he comes over and wants the money."
Couldn't agree more.
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