Somerville's Tony Lafuente hangs the 2013 Boston Red Sox World Series Champions banner at Fenway Park Thursday. Photo by Brock Parker.
In front of a couple dozen cheering onlookers on Yawkey Way Thursday, Somerville's Tony Lafuente unfurled the Boston Red Sox 2013 World Series Champions banner at Fenway Park just hours after the big win.
Perched high above the street in a cherry-picker, Lafuente, who owns Flagraphics in Somerville, took down the blue 2013 American League Championship banner he hung almost two weeks ago at the park, and replaced it with the red World Series banner that now hangs near Gate D at Fenway Park.
An impromptu crowd of Red Sox fans hanging out around the stadium gathered below Lafuente and let out a loud cheer as he revealed the banner and secured it to the wall.
One fan yelled: "See you next year!"
"I thought it was wonderful," said Kristen Biron, 44, of New Hampshire, who was in the area with her sister-in-law, Patty Biron, for a doctor visit, but stopped to snap some pictures when she learned the banner was being hung.
The new banner hangs alongside the two other World Series Championship banners Lafuente's company made for the Red Sox in 2004 and 2007. The company has been making banners for the team since 1995.
"It's never old hat," said Lafuente, who is also an alderman in Somerville. "It's very exciting."
Lafuente said he was on standby Wednesday night waiting for word that the Sox had won. His son, 23-year-old Andrew Lafuente, was at the game, and said he had a good feeling early on that another championship banner was about to be needed.
"Walking into the ballpark, there was just a sense that they were going to win," Andrew said. "People didn't want to say it, because no one wanted to jinx it, but you knew it."
Once the Red Sox won, Lafuente's company, on Alston Street in Somerville, worked overnight to make the championship banner.
Lafuente said hanging it at Fenway Park was an honor.
"It's wonderful to see everyone so excited about it," he said.
A small crowd gathered to watch Lafuente hang the banner at the park.