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October 31, 2013

Title is 'redemption' for last 2 seasons

ANDOVER — Genevieve Foley, was born in 1918, which happens to be the last year the Red Sox won a World Series at Fenway Park.

Foley of Andover said to see the Sox win one at home would mean the world to her.

“I would be so happy and excited,” the 95-year-old said. “I never thought I would get to see all these World Series wins.”

Foley started becoming a Red Sox fan in the 1940s. Her husband was a fan as well and they would often bring their children to Fenway Park.

“Those are really sweet memories,” she said.

Foley’s favorite Red Sox memory is when they finally won it in 2004 after an 86-year drought.

“I enjoyed watching the parade on TV,” she said. “The players looked like they were having so much fun.”

Her all-time favorite player is Ted Williams, but currently Big Papi is the apple of her eye.

“He seems to be a real serious player,” she said. “I watch all their faces when they go up to bat and he always has his eye on the ball.”

While she doesn’t have a superstition per se, she does admit to taking a “little walk” when games get too close for comfort.

“Sometimes I have to leave the room,” she said.

She has a lucky Red Sox jacket she wears that she hopes brings the Sox luck.

She also bought a commemorative brick that is outside Fenway Park with her and husband’s name on it and says “Red Sox fans forever.” She has a commemorative copy of the brick as well.

Foley admits she is not “particularly fond” of the beards most of the players have but if it brings them good luck, “so be it,” she says.

She says a World Series win will mean so much because it is redemption for the last two losing seasons.

“You can tell they really want it this year,” she said. “They are trying to make up for the last two years performances.”

Foley still can’t believe her luck to be able to see Boston sports in general be so victorious.

“It really has been amazing,” she said.

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