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October 30, 2013

She's hoping for 1918 all over again

By Sara Brown
sbrown@eagletribune.com

---- — LAWRENCE — City resident Obeline Biron has been a Red Sox fan for almost 100 years.

One of her first vivid memories of the Red Sox is when they won the World Series in 1918.

“That’s when I really became a fan. We all celebrated. It was a great time,” the 107-year-old said. She was just 12 years old at the time.

If the Red Sox win either Game 6 or 7 at Fenway, it will be the first time they have won the World Series at home since 1918.

Biron said she has been a die hard fan ever since then through all the good, bad and the ugly.

“There was a long period where they didn’t win but I was always a fan. I grew up with them,” she said. “You could say a number and I would tell you the player’s name. I knew everyone for years. I can’t do that anymore.”

When the Red Sox finally won in 2004 after 86 years of never being champions, Biron became elated.

“Oh, I was dancing around with everyone,” she laughed. “It was amazing.”

Biron has seen the Red Sox, Fenway Park and Major League Baseball change through the years.

She got to see the first African-American to be allowed into the major league, Jackie Robinson, play in person.

“He was a great guy and a great player,” she recalls.

She has noticed other changes as well.

“There are a lot more younger guys playing now,” she said.

Biron admits she thinks the beards this season’s Red Sox have been sporting are “cute.” She also believes it is giving her team good mojo.

“I think it’s helping them out,” she said.

She said it’s hard for her to pick her favorite current player but there is one that has been standing out as of late.

“Big Papi has been great. I love him,” she said. “He is doing so good right now.”

She said she used to listen to all the games on the radio — or, later, watch them on TV — no matter how late they went. However, lately she hasn’t been able to stay up so late.

“I wish the games were on earlier,” she admits.

She has a superstition that if they score in the first inning, they will win. She also has another tactic to help out her favorite team.

“I pray wicked hard for them,” she said.

She is hoping for a quick victory for the World Series.

“They better hurry up and win already,” she said.

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