99-year-old fan hoping Red Sox win World Series in Boston

Ginny Tardiff, 99, sits on her couch in her Lisbon living room where she watches the Red Sox on television.
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Ginny Tardiff, 99, sits on her couch in her Lisbon living room where she watches the Red Sox on television. Buy Photo
By Beth Brogan, BDN Staff
Posted Oct. 29, 2013, at 9:25 p.m.

LISBON, Maine — Ginny Tardiff was just 4 in 1918, when the Red Sox won their last World Series at home in Boston.

Ninety-five years later, she hopes to watch them win it again in their hometown Wednesday night, when the Sox play the St. Louis Cardinals at Fenway Park in the sixth — and possibly final — game of the series.

But the 99-year-old is not saying a word about their odds.

“I don’t want to jinx it,” she said.

For decades, Tardiff followed the Red Sox and was finally rewarded when they beat the Cardinals in St. Louis to win the World Series in 2004 and then again in 2007 when they beat the Colorado Rockies in Denver.

But she would love to see them win this one in Boston.

Tardiff grew up in Lisbon Falls, and became a great baseball fan during high school. After she married, she raised her seven children on a farm in Bowdoin, and served as postmaster, operating the post office from her porch.

During those years, she was so busy she couldn’t even listen to the games, but she still checked the scores and followed the exploits of her favorite players. Among them, Roger Clemens and Nomar Garciaparra come to mind first, along with Ted Williams, whom she “vaguely” remembers.

Once, during the 1970s or ’80s, someone came into the post office and gave her tickets to a game at Fenway. She took a good friend, one grandson and his friend. She’s not sure who their opponent was, but she remembers the Red Sox lost.

“We got lost coming out of Boston,” she said. “I was overwhelmed at the crowds, and what you could see from the stands.”

And Tardiff counts only a few of her large family among the Boston faithful. Most, she said, are die-hard Yankees fans. Earlier in this year’s playoffs, after a home run, Tardiff said she called her son-in-law, who told her, “I don’t want to talk about it.”

“That’s what I’ve been putting up with for years,” she said Tuesday. “They look at me and shake their heads. They think I’m crazy.”

For decades, Tardiff has watched her team struggle. Last year, she said, “was terrible,” but she’s used to the Red Sox drama.

“I get upset,” she said. “I should be the manager … something happens I don’t like and I’m like, ‘I’m not going to watch this.’ Then I turn it back on.”

She admits she hasn’t been able to stay awake through all the games, which don’t begin until 8 p.m.

“Sometimes I go to bed at about 9 o’clock because I’m dozing, so I miss all the good stuff,” Tardiff said.

“But last night, I sat right here,” Tardiff said of Monday night’s game five in St. Louis, which Boston won 3-1 to take a 3-2 lead in the series.

Now she hopes her team will prove worthy of her faith and win the World Series at home.

http://bangordailynews.com/2013/10/29/sports/99-year-old-fan-hoping-red-sox-win-world-series-in-boston/ printed on September 17, 2014