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October 26, 2007

World Series ball takes center stage in Methuen dining room


"You have to have your wife on board to drop 140 bucks on a football," he said.

Braxton went to Olympia Sports at the Loop on Monday after the Sox won the pennant by defeating the Cleveland Indians Sunday night.

He went there to buy the American League champions T-shirt and ball cap. He had been looking for a hat from the American League division series, which the Sox won by beating the Angels before moving on to the American League championship series.

Braxton couldn't find the hat in stores or on the Internet. While waiting outside the store, he struck up a conversation with a woman who said her husband found the American League division series hat at a newsstand at the Manchester Boston Regional Airport.

He then drove to the airport and cleared them out of all 16 of the hats they had left at Hudson News.

"They even had to pull the last one out of the display," he said.

Winning the American League East was special to Braxton because the dreaded Yankees usually win it, but this year it was the Sox.

"That's a big thing to me, because we beat the Yankees to get it," he said. "It just makes it so much sweeter."

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